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A Hare-Raising Experience in San Francisco

By Linda Tancs

The rabbit, or hare, is the fourth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.  Welcome to the year of the rabbit.  San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Festival will culminate on 19 February with an evening parade from Market and Second Street to Kearny and Jackson.  Named one of the top ten parades in the world by the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA), the San Francisco march is one of the grandest night illuminated parades in the country (think: Disney), not to mention one of the largest celebrations of Asian culture outside of Asia.  Parade highlights include elaborate floats, lion dancers, folk dancers,  Chinese acrobats and a 250 foot long Golden Dragon (“Gum Lung”) flowing along the parade route.  Happy Year 4709.

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