San Francisco Chinese New Year's
Parade is one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in the United
States. Each year is celebrated as the "Year of..." an animal or creature
but the parade itself seldom varies from its entertainment line-up. Bands,
floats, dignitaries, Chinese dragon dancers, children in colorful costumes
and up to a million people in attendance near Union Square make this a
must-see celebration for those who love a parade.
As the cool air of a springtime San
Francisco city night sets in, the crowds keep you comfortably warm and cozy.
The police set up barricades and people begin collecting to watch this
In the Year of the Dog, our good
fortune would have it that our evening appointments were cancelled, thus
allowing us to walk outside the door of
Hotel Nikko San Francisco and just happen upon this
parade only a few blocks away. This pure accident turned into lemonade
tasting better than the option A events that originally were planned. It
could become an annual event for us, as well. The night was filled
with friendship, fun and all on foot.
Our pleasures included meeting and
dining with fellow travelers and meeting a famous San Francisco fashion
designer who opened her shop to us for a private showing. It was one special
memory of San Francisco that you can never plan for. When you're open to the
cosmos, good things often just come along. More February 2008 events or
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