Chinese New Year Festival & Parade 2019

Chinatown’s biggest day is the Chinese New Year Parade

Event Details

The Year of the Rooster gives way to the Year of the Pig with a San Francisco Chinatown grand parade to welcome Lunar Year 4716 in a tradition that began in the 1860s. Hundreds of thousands of spectators enjoy a free spectacle as one of the nation’s few remaining illuminated evening parades and also the biggest outside of Asia celebrates Chinese New Year.


Parade details

With elaborate floats representing the rooster, and one for Miss Chinatown and her court, the procession kicks off at 5:15 p.m. from downtown at the corner of Market Street and 2nd Street on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Firecrackers accompany dozens of costumed parade groups, marching bands, musicians, dancers and the famous highlight, a 268-foot golden dragon supported by the White Crane team of 100 martial artists. The parade route follows Market Street to Geary Street, winds around Union Square to Post Street and into Chinatown on Kearny Street. The route ends at the intersection of Kearny Street and Jackson Street at about 8 p.m.


In Chinatown

Come on foot. San Francisco’s Chinatown, is the nation’s oldest district of its sort, and will have its narrow streets blocked off for the parade. The entire district will be at its most festive, with ornate dragons guarding the pagoda-topped entrance gate into Grant Avenue from Bush Street (near Union Square) and red Chinese lanterns strung up across the Grant Street thoroughfare.

Discover exceptional food served from dozens of restaurants, large and small, even stand-up counters for a quick bite. Bakeries, temples, a historic church, a fortune cookie factory, souvenir, jewelry and gift shops galore line the streets and several alleyways.  


Getting to the parade

Spectators and television crews will begin taking their places along the parade route to get a good view several hours in advance. Street closures will take place from 4p.m. on parade day and attendees are advised to avoid driving into the area, where parking is extremely limited even on the quietest of days.

Directions, parking garages outside the zone, and several public transportation options are provided online by Southwest Airlines, the parade sponsor. 

  • Phone: (415) 982-3000
    Chinatown-Parade route: Post, Sutter, Kearny Sts.
    San Francisco, CA
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