Named one of the top ten Parades in the world by International Festivals & Events Association, the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is one of the few remaining night illuminated Parades in North America and the biggest parade celebrating the lunar new year outside of Asia. Started in the 1860's by the Chinese in San Francisco as a means to educate the community about their culture, the Parade and Festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. Since 1958, the parade has been under the direction of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
Over 100 units will participate in the Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade. A San Francisco tradition since just after the Gold Rush, the parade continues to delight and entertain the many hundreds of thousands of people who come to watch it on the street or tune in to watch it on television on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF Channel 26, 6:00-8:00 PM, on Saturday, February 24, 2018.
Nowhere in the world will you see a lunar new year parade with more gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, exploding firecrackers, and of course the newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. and her court. A crowd favorite is the spectacular 268' Golden Dragon («Gum Lung»). It takes a team of over 180 men and women from the martial arts group, White Crane, to carry the Golden Dragon through the streets of San Francisco.
This year's Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade promises to warm your heart and electrify your senses, come rain or stars.
Please Note: This is a smoke free event.
For more information, please visit the Southwest Chinese New Year Parade & Festival Official Website:
— FAQs — - When is the Chinese New Year Parade?
The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade, celebrating the Year of the Dog, will be on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 5:15 PM, stepping off at Second and Market Streets.
— How can one participate in the Chinese New Year Parade?
Please read the rules and regulations and fill out the parade application posted at: chineseparade.com/participate.asp
— Where is the best place to view the parade and what time should we arrive?
The entire parade route is an excellent place to view the parade but it does get more crowded as you get closer to Chinatown. Choose a spot before 4:30 PM.
— Where are the Wheelchair and Accessible Seating Locations?
First row space will be provided for wheelchairs and their attendant(s). The person in the wheel chair does not require a ticket but each attendant must have purchased a bleacher seat ticket in order to sit in the bleacher location.
— How do I purchase bleacher seats?
This year we have partnered with Evenbrite to provide digital tickets to our attendees. The cost is $35.00 per ticket. Children under 2 are free and must be on a parent’s lap. Tickets will be e-mailed to you or available within your Eventbrite App for your mobile device. (All ticket sales are final and are non-refundable)
With the new format, Physical tickets will no longer be mailed to you. Instead, tickets will be instantly available to you by e-mail or through your Evenbrite app on your mobile device.
Additionally, due to the popularity of the event, there are no ticket reservations or special requests for specific sections. All sales are on a first come first served basis.
Bleacher Locations: Kearny Street (between California & Sacramento Streets)
Every bleacher ticket will have an assigned location and you may sit anywhere you like in your assigned location. Please be in your seats by 5:00 pm.
Important: Your receipt will not permit you to sit in the bleachers, you must have your tickets.
In consideration of others. we ask that no coolers, pets, selfie-sticks, or camera tripods are allowed in the bleacher sections.
For questions, please contact the Parade Office @ (415) 889-8823 or [email protected]
— Is the parade going to be cancelled if it rains? How long is the parade?
No, the parade will not be cancelled if it rains and the parade is approximately 2-1/2 hours.
— What is the best way to get to the parade?
We strongly suggest everyone take public transportation.
More information: chineseparade.com/route.asp
— Where are the portables?
Portables will be placed throughout the parade route.