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Stockton Chinese and Vietnamese Annual New Year Parade, California

March 6, 2010 Downtown Stockton



The annual Stockton parade that celebrates the Chinese New Year is held annually in downtown Stockton. With awards for best float, best marching band and most spirited youth group, this community event celebrates the cultural heritage of California and Stocktonn's diverse populations with a parade that includes festive costumes, dragon dancers and brilliant color.

Sponsored by Chinese Benevolent Association-Confucius Church of Stockton in association with PG&E, the parade route is about a mile and a half long beginning at  Sutter & Washington and ending on Lafayette Street. Each year this event celebrates the Chinese New Year and its "Year of..." theme.  In 2010 the parade was in its 8th year of existence celebrating the Year of the Tiger. Operated by a nonprofit organization, donations are accepted to help make the parade possible.


While this parade blends several cultures and their celebrations of the Chinese New Year, the parade is not held exactly on the day of the Chinese New Year, though it does honor the costumes and traditions. Other parades in California that celebrate the Chinese New Year include the big parade in San Francisco, a celebration in Garden Grove, and many more throughout California. See other cultural events


Where to stay: When visiting Stockton, our favorite hotels for this event include: Lexington Plaza Waterfront Hotel is a nice place to stay and well-located to everything. Another popular choice that we've not tried is the affordable Best Western Stockton Inn.


Participants and sponsors in a recent year included

Grand Marshal- Gladys Ikeda
Assemblyman Bill Berryhill
Bank of Agriculture and Commerce
Brookside School Extended Care
Brownie Girl Scouts Troop 332
Central Valley Asian Chamber of Commerce
Cesar Chavez High School CSF
Cesar Chavaz High School Marching Band
Chinese Language and Culture Club
Chinese Cultural Society of Stockton
Chinese Cultural Student Society
Community Involvement Program - University of the Pacific
Community Partnership for Families of San Joaquin
Concord Martial Arts
Congressman Jerry McNerney
CVSC HOG (Harley Owners Group)
Delta Dragons
Delta Model A Club
Far East Kung Fu
Humphrey's College
Hung Vuong Vietnamese School
Jamba Juice "Banana"
Jene Wah
John's Incredible Pizza + Incredibear Mascot
Kaiser Permanente Asian Association
KWIN 97.7 & 98.3
Lincoln High School NJROTC
Loong Mah Sing See Wui
Middle College Key Club
Miss World Rose - Shelby Mason
Pepsi Bottling Group
PF Studio
Port City Rollergirls
Port of Stockton
San Joaquin Film Society
San Joaquin RTD Trolley
San Joaquin Sheriff's Office & S.T.A.R.S.
Stagg High School Marching Band
Stars and Stripes
Stocktion Bukkyo Taiko
Stockton Police Department
Stockton Thunder & Stockton Lightning
Vietnamese Buddhist Youth Association
Volunteer in Police Service
Ernie Reyes West Coast Martial Arts