San Francisco’s Lunar New Year parade celebrates the Year of the Dragon (Video)
Amid the loud pops of firecrackers, thousands of people gathered as dozens of floats rolled from Market and Second streets on a balmy Saturday to celebrate the Year of the Dragon.

San Francisco’s Lunar New Year parade, the largest one outside of Asia, was highlighted by a 289-foot-long golden dragon that wound its way through the streets. The mythical creature is a symbol of luck, wisdom, strength and power in Chinese culture. The nearly 3-hour-long parade made its way through Chinatown on a 1.3-mile course that rounded Union Square before ending at Kearny Street and Columbus Avenue.

The Year of the Dragon officially began Feb. 10 and is the fifth of the 12-year cycle of animals in the Chinese zodiac. Considered a powerful sign, those born that year are predicted to be innovative thinkers with inquisitive minds.

gallery of colorful, lively floats from SF parade Named one of the top ten Parades in the world by International Festivals & Events Association, the Alaska Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is one of the few remaining night illuminated Parades in North America and the biggest parade celebrating the Lunar New Year outside of Asia.


Image courtesy downtownsf.org

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