With Dragons, Lion Dances and traditional Chinese song-and-dance, Chinese New Year parades happen everywhere. The largest one outside China happens to be a few miles from where I currently live. Cosmopolitan San Francisco boasts of being home to the biggest Chinese community outside China (Read – A Chinatown Made in San Francisco). This city is proud of the fact that the biggest Chinese New Year Parade also happens on its streets.
This year, as the Chinese of San Francisco showed off their rich culture and went about their new year tradition of lighting lanterns and firecrackers to chase away evil spirits, I tried to catch of few glimpses of all that gaiety.
A few glimpses was all I caught because it looked like all of SF Bay area and whole lot of tourists had already occupied all the good room beside the parade route. Through the little cracks in the crowds I got to see several floats, a few dances, some martial art, bands and a good number of dragons. After all, it is the Year of the Dragon.
Here are some pictures I managed to click without the shakes. I’m surprised I have this many; you can guess what it’s like to shoot on tip toes, that too with my camera on night mode/flash turned off.
I have not had my fill. I look forward to watching the parade again, next time from a place where I can see better; a place that will let me capture a few great pictures for me to share on Tipsy from the Trip. Watch this space for reports from The Year of the Snake (2013).