Guest Writer :Jose Maravillas
Last Saturday I was lucky enough to go and experience the Chinese, Lunar, New Year Parade in San Francisco. The parade is one of the biggest of its’ kind with an estimated 3 million spectators. I new it was going to be busy, but I had no idea just how busy it was.
At 5 pm the streets where filled with spectators, vendors, and performers. If you are not a fan of crowds I recommend that you pass this parade because there are people everywhere. The whole parade route was filled with people on both sides of the street. I am not tall at all and was barley able to find spots where I could take pictures. If you are of the tiny variety make plans to come super early to ensure you get a spot at the front row.
There were many acts performing including martial arts, marching bands, floats, and children dancing. My favorite performances were the lion and dragon dancers. The lion dancers have two people operating the costume. One is the head and controls the lion’s mouth and eyes, while the other is the back side. These lion costumes come in a variety of colors, and are always crowd-pleasers.
The dragons are another crowd favorite. These dragons are long and require multiple people to hold it up. Usually the first person is holding an orb and the people holding up the dragon will follow it.
The parade died down around 8 pm and the city’s cleaning crew came in a little after that. Overall it was a great experience and would recommend it to anyone.
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