Over 100 units will participate in the Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade. A San Francisco tradition since just after the Gold Rush, the parade continues to delight and entertain the many hundreds of thousands of people who come to watch it on the street or tune in to watch it on television on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF Channel 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m., on Saturday, February 24, 2018.
See the Parade Route/Map here: https://www.chineseparade.com/route.asp
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 250' 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.
This year's Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade promises to warm your heart and electrify your senses, come rain or shine.
Chinese New Year brings in a festive month of events including the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade, the Chinese New Year Flower Fair, a street fair, and many other events, exhibits and experiences. The majority of these events, which are held throughout February, are free to the public and welcome families and people of all ages.
The Year of the Rooster begins on Jan. 28, 2017 and is celebrated around the world in Asian communities. San Francisco has its own take on this festive occasion and there are many events and festivities.
It all climaxes with the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade on the evening of Feb. 11, 2017.
Prior to the lunar new year, visitors can help kick off the festivities with a mini-procession on Jan. 21, 2017 on Grant Avenue between California Street and Pacific Avenue. That same weekend there will be a Flower Market Fair along Grant Avenue, Jan. 21-22, 2017. Oranges, tangerines and other foods associated with abundance and happiness will overflow from grocers' bins. Prior to the Miss Chinatown USA competition on Feb. 4, there is a basketball jamboree on Feb. 4, 2017. On parade weekend, there is a two-day Chinese Community Street Fair, Feb. 11-12, 2017 on Grant Avenue. On Feb. 19, there will be a 5K/10K Chinatown YMCA Chinese New Year Run. The route winds its way through Chinatown, North Beach, the Embarcadero and downtown.
Miss Chinatown USA Pageant
Each year more than a dozen women from around the U.S. compete for the title of Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Tickets for the Miss Chinatown U.S.A. pageant on Feb. 4, 2017, start at $35 and the Miss Chinatown U.S.A. coronation ball is on Feb. 10, 2017.
Chinese New Year Parade
One of the grandest nighttime illuminated parades in the U.S., the parade started in the 1860s and has grown to be one of the largest celebrations of Asian culture outside of Asia. Parade highlights include elaborate floats, lion dancers, folk dancers, costumed elementary school groups, marching bands, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats and a 268-foot-long Golden Dragon.
This year's parade will be held on Feb. 11 and will start on Second and Market Streets. If this is your first parade, bleacher seats might be a good suggestion. Crowds are extremely dense along the parade route. If you opt for the standing room option, be sure to stake out your spot well before parade time. Arriving between 3:30 to 4 p.m. is recommended. Ear plugs are suggested for all ages; firecrackers are an integral part of the parade. Parking south of Market is usually easier; garages in the Union Square area will be impacted by crowds and street closures. Muni and BART are excellent options to get to and from the parade. And bring an umbrella. Even in drought years it will often rain on the parade.