Chinese New Year in San Francisco

Get psyched to celebrate the Year of the Ram with these dazzling images of the Chinese New Year Parade and other Lunar New Year festivities
By Time Out San Francisco editors |
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Exploring Chinatown ranks among the best things to do in San Francisco year-round, but during the Lunar New Year, the neighborhood explodes into a color-saturated, firecracker-lit spectacle. The Chinese New Year Parade, on March 7 this year, draws more than 3 million spectators. Get in the spirit before the event at one of the city’s best Chinese restaurants, and feast your eyes on these gorgeous images from past celebrations.

Chinese New Year in San Francisco
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Chinese New Year in San Francisco
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Ed Schipul

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Chinese New Year in San Francisco
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Dragon on Kearny Street
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Shawn Clover

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Chinese New Year in San Francisco
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Chinese New Year in San Francisco
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Hossam el-Hamalawy

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Chinese New Year in San Francisco
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Steven L. Shepard

Chinese New Year in San Francisco
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Erik Meldrum

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Kearny Street Parade
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Jeremy Brooks

Chinese New Year in San Francisco
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Chinese New Year in San Francisco
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Justin Tennant

Chinese New Year in San Francisco
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Hossam el-Hamalawy

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Chinese New Year in San Francisco
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Daniel Austin Hoherd

Chinese New Year in San Francisco
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/May Wong

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Chinese New Year in San Francisco
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Hossam el-Hamalawy

Awoken
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Shawn Clover

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Chinese New Year in San Francisco
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Dragon, San Francisco 2013 Chinese New Year Parade
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Leslie Wong

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Chinese New Year in San Francisco
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/xeeliz

Chinese New Year in San Francisco
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/34186459@N00

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