Picture 11Having the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, it should come as no surprise San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade is one of the top ten parades in the world. As one of the few remaining night-illuminated parades in the country, the Chinese New Year Parade continues to entertain hundreds of thousands of people all over the U.S. each year. Gorgeous floats, lion dancers, extravagant costumes, acrobatics, ferocious lions, and exploding firecrackers, this elaborate parade has got it all – not to mention the newly crowned Miss Chinatown USA and her court.

The fun doesn’t stop there. There’s three weeks full of events for the Chinese New Year ranging from a flower fair to a basketball jamboree to the Miss Chinatown USA Pageant. Don’t miss the live music and a chance to get your name written in ancient Chinese calligraphy by an artisan at the street fair.