Chinese New Year Celebration

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by panda2 on March 27, 2005

Chinese New Year Celebration is based on the lunar calendar, usually January or February, started back in the Gold Rush days a way to share the Chinese culture with a parade. There are elaborate costumes, lots of firecrackers going off, lions, a new Miss Chinatown, and the grand finale, a long dragon supported by a hundred people to move it down the street. I was told to try to touch the dragon for good luck. The parade route starts from Market St./2nd St. and ends at Kearny St/Washington St.

In 1977 or 1978 (unsure), Harvey Milk waved, sitting backwards on the rooftop of his car, with my sister and me sitting on the back of the trunk, holding up a sign that said "Gay Asian." It was interesting to experience as the crowd applauded and cheered, recognizing Harvey Milk, and as they saw the sign, the crowd's mood changed to silence as the expression on their faces changed with mouths dropped open. The Chinese community wasn't ready or accepting of the "Gay Asian."

The parade is live broadcast on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF Channel 26.

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