The great Chinatown in San Francisco sits on the center between Grant Avenue and Stockton Street. With its many ornamented houses, shops and eateries, it is already charming by itself but during this time of the year, a very special event happens annually attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world. This annual event is none other than the Chinese New Year!
CHINESE NEW YEAR
Since the 1860, the Chinese community in San Francisco has been celebrating the start of the Lunar New Year annually. When the Chinese immigrants first celebrated their full scale New Year’s celebration here in San Francisco, they incorporated both Chinese and American traditions. This year, the event will take place on February 19 to welcome the Year of the Ram.
The celebration includes Flower Fair and the Chinatown Community Street Fair. The Flower Market Fair is an open air market in the heart of Chinatown where you can buy fresh flowers, plants, candies and fruits. It is set on Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 10am to 8pm and Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 9am to 6pm.
CHINESE NEW YEAR GRAND PARADE
The Chinese New Year Grand Parade is one of the main attractions of the Chinese New Year celebration and is one of the largest and most extravagant in the world. More than a million spectators come to witness extremely colorful costumes and props used during the street performances and the amazing traditional lion dance and dragon dance. This year, there are more than 100 parade entries who will be marching down the street with flags, lanterns and drums. This will also be several floats, including largest and most popular 28-foot Golden Dragon.
The 2015 Chinese New Year Parade is on Saturday, March 7. It will start at 5:15 PM at the corner of 2nd and Market Streets. It will then weaves its way through Chinatown and ends at Jackson and Kearny Streets. The parade usually ends around 8pm.
Check out this map for the full route of the 2015 Grand Parade.
If your keen to watch this spectacular event, you can either watch it in person, or on KTVU Channel 2 – a local San Francisco station. This event always attracts a lot of spectators and in my experience, a lot of people will already start to line up along the parade route several hours before the start of the event. If you want to have a good view, I recommend getting there at a few hours before the parade starts. Or, if you want to avoid standing but still want a good view you can also opt to buy bleacher seats. These seats are along the parade route on Kearny Street. Tickets are around $30 each, plus $8 shipping and handling.
Please take note that the bleacher seats are not assigned and there is no coverage above the seats. Tickets are already on sale and will be mailed. If you want to buy tickets, you can purchase online here.
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