Chinatown parade kicks off Lunar New Year celebrations in SF

To kick off the Year of the Horse, a parade with lion dancers and firecrackers headed through San Francisco's Chinatown on Friday morning.

The Year of the Snake has come to an end and the start of Lunar New Year 4712 has arrived and is being celebrated by the local Asian-American community.

The parade was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at Walter Lum Place between Washington and Clay streets and travel along Clay Street to Kearny Street.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was among the expected attendees of the parade, organizers said.

Members of the San Francisco Police Department's mounted unit were also expected to attend — fittingly on horseback — along with members of San Francisco's Community Youth Center carrying a 200-foot long golden dragon and a water snake.

To keep the celebrations going, tonight there is a Chinese New Year party at the San Francisco dance club 1015 Folsom.

The Year of the Horse electronic dance music celebration begins at 11 p.m. and includes a midnight parade, mask making, lion dancers, drummers and more.

The city's official annual Chinese New Year Parade will take place Feb. 15.

The procession, which each year includes massive floats and parade contingents from local businesses and community groups, shuts down a portion of Market Street and makes its way through downtown before ending in Chinatown.

More information about other upcoming Chinese New Year events in San Francisco can be found online at www.sanfranciscochinatown.com/events/index.html.

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