San Francisco's Chinese New Year parade celebrates the Year of the Pig

This year’s Chinese New Year Festival and Parade in San Francisco managed to stay rain-free for attendees, as thousands came out to watch the 161-year-old tradition.

Considered to be the largest Lunar New Year celebration outside of Asia, the area was decked out in honor of the Year of the Pig, with families attending the festival ahead of the parade.

Floats, bands, dancers and more wound their way through downtown, as firecrackers popped and made noise throughout the event. Excited spectators lined the street and eagerly awaited one of the main centerpieces to the parade: the 288-foot-long Golden Dragon, which requires a massive team of people to maneuver.

The route began at Market and Second streets, heading up Market before turning toward Union Square. The parade then wound its way through Chinatown along Kearny Street, ending at Columbus Avenue.

Take a look at the photos from this year’s Chinese New Year Parade in the slideshow above.

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Lunar-New-Year-parade-San-Francisco-2019-pig-13639815.php.

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