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City Sights: Chinese New Year Parade

On Saturday night we walked down to Chinatown to watch the Chinese New Year parade.

The Amateur Librarian // 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.

Lots of fireworks!  I was surprised they were allowed in the city - but there they were!
Lots of fireworks! I was surprised they were allowed in the city – but there they were!
Lots of little fireworks in the streets
Lots of little fireworks in the streets

The Amateur Librarian // Chinese New Year Parade

 

The Amateur Librarian // Chinese New Year Parade

 

The Amateur Librarian // Chinese New Year Parade

 

This is about as good as the view got in Chinatown
This is about as good as the view got in Chinatown – not very good at all.

 

We gave up on seeing anything and wandered into the North Beach neighborhood to find something to eat for dinner.

A little taste of North Beach
A little taste of North Beach at night… yep, lots of strip clubs… and great Italian food. 

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!

sidewalk poetry
sidewalk poetry

 

my favorite!
my favorite!

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!

The Amateur Librarian // Chinese New Year Parade

A street side view, with the grand finale of dragons passing by, right in our faces!  Sometimes, not planning ahead actually works out!

The Amateur Librarian // Chinese New Year Parade

 

The Amateur Librarian // Chinese New Year Parade

 

The Amateur Librarian // Chinese New Year Parade

 

The Amateur Librarian // Chinese New Year Parade

 

The Amateur Librarian // Chinese New Year Parade

 

The Amateur Librarian // Chinese New Year Parade

(Sorry for the blur – a natural hazard of the iPhone at night.)

 

The grand finale dragon - soooo long!  There must have been at least 50 people carrying the body.
The grand finale dragon – soooo long! There must have been at least 50 people carrying the body.

 

The Amateur Librarian // Chinese New Year Parade

 

The tail end
The tail end

 

Goodbye, parade!
Goodbye, parade!

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!

The Amateur Librarian // Chinese New Year Parade

More city sights coming soon as we continue to explore San Francisco!

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