Chinese Lunar New Year Mini Parade
On Saturday, we took Varun to see the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade. Its the year of the horse per the Chinese Zodiac Calendar.
To celebrate, there was a mini parade in Chinatown, sponsored by Southwest Airlines. It was a free event starting at the St. Mark’s Square ( intersection of California and Grant) with the parade going down the Grant Avenue and then turned to go up Jackson.
The 30 minute long parade promised the noble dragon, lions dancers, costumed stilt walkers and children playing electrifying music etc followed by a street fair. Kettle corn, new year flowers and plants, candy, tea and other knick knacks that you find in Chinatown.
The atmposhere was energetic and colorful – thanks to the colorful costumes, fans, ribbons and flags. These kids must have practiced so much for the big Day!
It was crowded after the parade with people milling about buying flowers, candles, tea and generally having a good time. We were there for a couple of hours with a long tea break to have some really good ginger – honey tea.
Varun loved the parade, the music and watching the lion dancers and the dragon. Even as I was uploading the pictures he kept telling me what we saw yesterday and when we can go see it again.
There was another parade in the evening and streets in downtown were cordoned off. It was a pain getting back home but so much fun while it lasted.
Will probably give it a go again next year. Or may be checkout the Vietnamese New Year festivities instead!
Posted on January 27, 2014, in In and Around San Francisco, Life in US, Travel, USA and tagged 2014, Chinatown, Chinese New year, Life in San Francisco, Lunar new year, Mini Parade, Photography, Travel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.