2/11 — San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade

Feb. 11/12 — San Francisco’s Chinatown kicks off its two-day celebration of the Chinese New Year with its annual Chinese New Year street fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fair will provide the opportunity for attendees to experience Chinese cutural arts such as latern and kite making, calligraphy, fine arts demonstrations, folk dance, and puppet shows. The celebration will culminate with the Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday from 5:15 to 8 p.m. in downtown Chinatown. Named one of the world’s top ten parades, Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is the largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia. Over 100 floats and specialty units will participate in the parade which will also include school marching bands, martial arts group, stilt walkers, lion dancers, Chinese acrobatics, the newly crowned Miss Chinatown USA and a 201-foot-long Golden Dragon. The parade will end with over 600,000 firecrackers. For more information, visit www.sanfranciscochinatown.com