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Chinese New Year Parade San Francisco 2009 – Photos and Videos

Chinese New Year Parade San Francisco 2009Chinese New Year Parade San Francisco 2009 is such a big event that many people from all over the world are now paying high attention. Not only is it a parade, but also it is a very business opportunity, and it is also a wonderful performance that you should miss this year. This year's Chinese New Year Parade San Francisco is different from other years. You know we are now facing global finacial crisis, so 2009 Chinese New Year Parade San Francisco could be a very effective stimulus for our lives.

Chinese New Year Parade is an annual tradition in San Francisco. Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is the largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia. Parade highlights include elaborate floats, lion dancers, folk dancers, costumed elementary school groups, marching bands, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats, and a 201 foot long Golden dragon, (”Gum Lung.”). The event also features the newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. and her court. This year many of the floats and specialty units will feature the theme of the Year of the Ox: 2009.

2009 Chinese New Year Parade San Francisco

The annual San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade took take place  on February 7, 2009. It's time to get all the plans settled upon and start getting ready for one of the most spectacular parades on the planet. You can free to join the congenial crowds and watch the parade floats, extravagant costumes, firecrackers, and local color on the streets.

Time: February 7, 2009 from 5:15pm to 8:00pm. Or go early and watch traditional and modern entertainers perform at the Chinatown Community Street Fair, Saturday, February 7, 2009, 10 am – 4:30 pm. The fair is also open on Sunday, February 8, 2009, 9 am – 5 pm. Can’t stand crowds? Tune in to watch the parade on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF Channel 26, 6:00-8:00 pm.

Place: Starts on Market, goes up Geary, down Post and ends on Kearny at Columbus

san francisco chinese new year parade

Since the 1860's the parade has combined the 5,000-year-old traditions of the Lantern Festival along with a good old American parade. It is one of the few remaining lighted nighttime parades in the country and (counting both the people watching along the parade route and the television viewers) is the most watched parade on Earth.It is also the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. You're going to have to hop a flight to Shanghai, Hong Kong or Beijing to see a bigger celebration.

Here are some interesting things during this 2009 San Francisco Chinese New Year Celebration:

February 7
Saturday 5:15pm-8:00pm
Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade, Market and Second Street to Kearny and Jackson. Location of bleachers: Kearny Street (between Sacramento & California and between Pine & Bush)415 986-1370 or 415 982-3071. Free. $30 for bleacher tickets Named one of the top ten Parades in the world by the IFEA (International Festivals and Events Association), the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is one of the few remaining night illuminated parades in the country. Started in the 1860’s by the Chinese in San Francisco as a means to educate the community about their culture, the Parade and Festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. Parade highlights include elaborate decorated floats, costumed elementary school groups, stilt walkers and the 201 foot long Golden Dragon “Gum Lung”.
February 7-8
Saturday 10:00am-4:30pm, Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm
Chinese New Year Community Street Fair, Grant Avenue from California to Pacific, Pacific Avenue from Kearny to Stockton, Washington and Jackson Streets from Kearny to Stockton. Free. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of San Francisco’s exhilarating Chinatown during one of the community’s most exciting times of the year. Enjoy dance and music from throughout Asian and experience ancient and modern Chinese arts such as calligraphy, kite making and acrobatics.
February 7-8
Saturday/Sunday – 11:00am-4:00pm
Chinese Culture Center Spring Festival, 750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor (Hilton SF/Financial District)Information: 415 986-1822. Free
February 15
Chinese Chamber of Commerce/Chinatown Run 10K/5K Run/Walk YMCA Chinatown Contact: Lara Hitchcock at 415 576-9622 – 7:00am Pre-Registration at Portsmouth Square. 8:00am Race begins at Grant and Sacramento. This event benefits the youth and teens in YMCA programs. Kids are able to participate in seasonal Day Camp, Summer School, Residence Camp, After School Program, and Ballet! Please visit YMCA Chinatown to register on-line and for more information.

Now let's watch 2 videos about san francisco chinese new year 2009.

Chinese New Year Fireworks 2009

Chinese Dragon 2009 on Display in San Francisco – Bright Sheng

Where can you view the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco 2009? Here we recommend some best locations.

Best locations to view the parade:
1) Bleacher seats you can buy along the parade route.
2) TV broadcasters area along Union Square.
3) Many people line the area around Portsmouth Square. Pick up some food and enjoy the parade.
4) Review stand area at the end of the parade, where floats are judged
5) A street-view hotel room in the St. Francis Hotel, overlooking Union Square.

Okay, now it's your time to join this great Chinese New Year Parade!

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