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Chinese New Year 2013 Celebration in California

Published on: January 08, 2013


Feb. 10, 2013 Lunar New Year 4711, the Year of the Snake

San Francisco is home to the largest Chinese New Year Parade (  in the nation. It takes place Feb. 23, 2013, at 5:15 p.m.  Several weeks of celebrations include the annual Flower Fair (Feb. 2 & 3) and the Chinese New Year Community Street Fair (Feb 23 & 24). A spectacular 268′ Golden Dragon (Gum Lung) is one of many highlights. It takes a team of over 100 men and women from a martial arts group to carry this dragon throughout the streets of San Francisco. The parade sprang out of the California Gold Rush (circa 1850) and has grown to become the best known Chinese New Year celebration in America. The parade route: Second and Market Streets, head west on Market to Kearny, and then north on Kearny to Post, then west on Post to Powell, and then north on Powell to Sutter, then east on Sutter back to Kearny to Columbus Avenue.

Lucky Colors: red, light yellow, black; Avoid: white, golden, brown
Lucky Numbers: 2, 8, 9; Avoid: 1, 6, 7
Lucky Flowers: orchid, cactus

If you were born within these dates, then your Chinese symbol is a snake:

1/23/1917- 2/10/1918
2/10/1929- 1/29/1930
1/27/1941- 2/14/1942
2/14/1953- 2/2/1954
2/ 2/1965- 1/20/1966
2/18/1977- 2/6/1978
2/6/1989- 1/26/1990
1/24/2001- 2/11/2002
2/10/2013- 1/30/2014

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