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San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade 2013

By January 31, 2013

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Come celebrate the ringing in of year 4711 -- The Year of the Snake -- with the most traditional Chinese New's Year's celebration this side of the Pacific: San Francisco's Chinatown Parade.

This February 23th 2013, the streets of Chinatown will be taken over by elaborate floats, drummers, dancing lions and dragons and exploding firecrackers.

The Chinese New Year parade is a 5000 year old tradition that marks the end of winter and the beginning of a new year as measured by the Chinese Lunar Calender.

The Parade winds it way up Market street and then around Union Square before heading into Chinatown where it will join the Chinatown Community Fair, which closes Grant Street to traffic and will host tons of traditional Chinese cultural events.

Don't forget to wear red on Chinese New Year, tradition says it brings luck, happiness and prosperity to the new year.

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Image Courtesy of the San Francisco Travel Association

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