On Saturday night we walked down to Chinatown to watch the Chinese New Year parade.
Of course we didn’t do our research ahead of time, and by the time we got to the parade route all the street vendors had closed and it was so crowded that we couldn’t see a thing. Not so great planning on our part. But we still enjoyed the atmosphere – lots of families and all kinds of sights. Our favorite part was just watching all the little kids with fireworks, completely oblivious of the parade going on.
We gave up on seeing anything and wandered into the North Beach neighborhood to find something to eat for dinner.
We tend to fall into the habit of going to the same few restaurants in our Nob Hill neighborhood, so it was fun to be out and about in a different part of the city. We did a quick Yelp search and ended up at Franchino – an awesome teetiny little Italian restaurant. It was a fun surprise!
Afterwards, we enjoyed the walk back through Chinatown towards our neighborhood. We walked through the Stockton Street tunnel to cut closer to Union Square – and to our surprise, we came upon the end of the parade!
A street side view, with the grand finale of dragons passing by, right in our faces! Sometimes, not planning ahead actually works out!
(Sorry for the blur – a natural hazard of the iPhone at night.)
The Chinese New Year parade ended up being a great experience – we walked through a few of our favorite neighborhoods and really enjoyed the night out in the city. Next year we’ll check it out a little earlier for the full experience – and skip the crowds by heading straight for downtown for the best view!
More city sights coming soon as we continue to explore San Francisco!