Year of the Monkey arrives

One of the world’s great parades hits town
The Chinese New Year Parade returns to downtown San Francisco on Feb. 20. photo: ericmeldrum / flickr

There will be little time for city workers and residents to rest after the Super Bowl hoopla dies down. Later this month, the Chinese New Year Parade takes place in downtown San Francisco (Saturday, Feb. 20, 6–8 p.m.). About 150 years old and considered one of the don’t-miss parades in the country, this nighttime extravaganza will once again bring together colorful floats, costumes, firecrackers, Miss Chinatown, and the ever-popular Golden Dragon.

The event’s organizers suggest staking out your spot by 4:30 p.m. to be certain of getting a good view See this issue’s Calendar (page 16) for details and get additional information, including a route map, at

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