The San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade

Posted on 30-05-2017

The San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade will be held February 11 in 2017 at 5:15 p.m. at the corner of 2nd & Market Streets. This historical and colorful Parade began in the 1860s by Chinese citizens who came to the United States seeking work and who stayed during the Gold Rush. The parade incorporates Chinese and American tradition and includes over 100 entries and is one of the largest of its kind in the world.

 The Chinese New Year Parade route travels through China Town and ends at Jackson and Kearny Streets around 8:00 p.m. Organizers recommend getting there at least one hour in advance of the scheduled start time for a good front row view. Parking will be available at garages around Union Square, and daily costs vary from $30-$50. BART transportation drops attendees two blocks from the parade.
Top hotels near the action include the Westin St. Frances and Hilton San Francisco, which are on the parade route. Many consider dining in China Town the most delightful part of attending the event. I view San Francisco as one of the great 'foodie” cities in America, and my favorite Chinese dining destination is Z&Y Restaurant, which has been honored by Zagat many times. Additional fine restaurant choices include House of NanKing, which has an amazing authentic menu selection; Hunan Home's Restaurant, offering familiar Chinese menu items, and Hakkasan, an upscale/modern Union Square favorite, offering Chinese, Asian and gluten-free menu items.
I have taken the Amtrak Starlight from Santa Barbara and connected with the CalTrain to San Francisco in the San Jose (Diridon Station), which offers travel-friendly access from the same platform. Additional travel details can be found on the San Francisco Chinese Parade site at
Wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year of the Rooster in San Francisco.
GONG XI FA CAI, 2017 Year of the Rooster
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Bonnie Carroll has been a food/travel/lifestyle writer since 1983. She is the founder & publisher of Bonnie Carroll’s Life Bites News (, does travel and food reporting on local Radio/TV, and contributes to a variety of national and international travel/lifestyle publications. She is a member of IFWTWA and NATJA. Contact her at