Chinese New Year
San Francisco’s Chinese New Year is one of the longest parties I have ever experienced. The celebration is an all day affair, starting with a huge street festival in Chinatown and ending with a gigantic parade at night. This behemoth of a parade wraps itself tightly throughout the downtown area and seems to have no end! Although the parade does a single loop through Union Square and heads towards Chinatown, every inch of every side street is packed with revelers. Where other pageants are held during the day, Chinese New Year is all about light and so naturally the party really blows up when the sun goes down. From the firecrackers exploding in the streets and the night’s sky to the brightly lit costumes and endless dragon and lion dancers weaving through the city, Chinese New Year’s is one of the best times to be The City by the Bay.