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Festival: Parade

Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade & Festival

When

Saturday Feb 23, 2013 (5:15pm)

Where

Market St & 2nd St

Price

Free

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If your New Year's resolutions haven't gotten off to an auspicious start or if 2013 is already kicking your ass, lift your spirits at the long-running, long-extravagant Chinese Lunar New Year Parade. The annual Chinatown spectacle celebrates the newly minted Year of the Snake with a dazzling melange of traditional Chinese lion dancers, Miss Chinatown USA and her royal retinue, decked-out floats, the 268-foot-long Golden Dragon, and thousands of SF revelers mangling "gung hay fat choi." The jam-packed festivities aren't for the claustrophobic, but it's a great way to usher in another new beginning.

Suzanne Niemoth, Flavorpill

Southwest Airlines says…

Nowhere in the world will you see a lunar new year parade with more gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, exploding firecrackers , and of course the newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. and her court. A crowd favorite is the spectacular 268' Golden Dragon ("Gum Lung"). It takes a team of over 100 men and women from the martial arts group White Crane to carry this dragon throughout the streets of San Francisco.