Photos: Chinese New Year Parade celebrates the Year of the Pig in San Francisco

A 288-foot-long Golden Dragon “Gum Lung” performs in a circle around the exploding fireworks during the San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)
A 288-foot-long Golden Dragon “Gum Lung” performs in a circle around the exploding fireworks during the San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Thousands of people gathered along streets of San Francisco to watch the Chinese New Year Parade and celebrate the Year of the Pig on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

The celebration included participants dressed in Chinese traditional costumes, the performances of dragon and lion dancers, exploding firecrackers, dazzling floats, and “Gum Lung,” a magnificent 288-foot-long Golden Dragon.

The parade started at 2nd and Market streets then marched down Market Street and ended at Kearny and Jackson streets. The Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is the largest celebration of the lunar new year outside of Asia.

Photographs by Ekevara Kitpowsong

A 288-foot-long Golden Dragon “Gum Lung” performs during the San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A 288-foot-long Golden Dragon “Gum Lung” performs during the San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A parade participant in costume takes part in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A parade participant in costume takes part in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade-goers reach to touch a lion during San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade-goers reach to touch a lion during San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants dressed in costume take part in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants dressed in costume take part in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A 288-foot-long Golden Dragon “Gum Lung” performs in a circle around the exploding fireworks during the San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A 288-foot-long Golden Dragon “Gum Lung” performs in a circle around the exploding fireworks during the San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A 288-foot-long Golden Dragon “Gum Lung” performs during the San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A 288-foot-long Golden Dragon “Gum Lung” performs during the San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A 288-foot-long Golden Dragon “Gum Lung” performs during the San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A 288-foot-long Golden Dragon “Gum Lung” performs in a circle around the exploding fireworks during the San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A 288-foot-long Golden Dragon “Gum Lung” performs in a circle around the exploding fireworks during the San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A 288-foot-long Golden Dragon “Gum Lung” performs during the San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A 288-foot-long Golden Dragon “Gum Lung” performs during the San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Mayor London Breed waves to the crowd during the San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Mayor London Breed waves to the crowd during the San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

The ornaments can be seen hanging at the vendor in the festival before San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

The ornaments can be seen hanging at the vendor in the festival before San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants dressed in costume take part in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants dressed in costume take part in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A parade participant takes part in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A parade participant takes part in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Children enjoy watching San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Children enjoy watching San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

People throw red papers from fireworks in the air during San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

People throw red papers from fireworks in the air during San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

People throw red papers from fireworks in the air during San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

People throw red papers from fireworks in the air during San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A 288-foot-long Golden Dragon “Gum Lung” performs in a circle around the exploding fireworks during the San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A 288-foot-long Golden Dragon “Gum Lung” performs in a circle around the exploding fireworks during the San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A 288-foot-long Golden Dragon “Gum Lung” performs during the San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A 288-foot-long Golden Dragon “Gum Lung” performs during the San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Lion dancers perform in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Lion dancers perform in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants on a cable car take part in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants on a cable car take part in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants perform music during San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants perform music during San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade-goers wave to a performer in costume during San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade-goers wave to a performer in costume during San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants perform music during San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants perform music during San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Performer in costume takes part in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Performer in costume takes part in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants perform a dragon dance in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants perform a dragon dance in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Supervisor Norman Yee waves to the crowd during the San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Supervisor Norman Yee waves to the crowd during the San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants perform with Chinese traditional drums during San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants perform with Chinese traditional drums during San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)


A 288-foot-long Golden Dragon “Gum Lung” performs during the San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade-goers reach to touch a dragon during San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade-goers reach to touch a dragon during San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

 California State Senator Scott Wiener waves to the crowd during the San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

California State Senator Scott Wiener waves to the crowd during the San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants in costumes take part in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants in costumes take part in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants in costumes take part in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants in costumes take part in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants perform in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants perform in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants in costumes take part in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants in costumes take part in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants in costumes take part in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants in costumes take part in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants perform with Chinese traditional fans in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants perform with Chinese traditional fans in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Former Supervisor Malia Cohen waves to the crowd during the San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Former Supervisor Malia Cohen waves to the crowd during the San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants perform music in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants perform music in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott hands out the stickers to the crowd during San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott hands out the stickers to the crowd during San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Lion dancers perform in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Lion dancers perform in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A parade participant in costume takes part in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A parade participant in costume takes part in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants in costumes take part in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants in costumes take part in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Lion dancers perform in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Lion dancers perform in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants from Twitter Asians take part in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants from Twitter Asians take part in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A parade participant in panda mascot costume takes part in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A parade participant in panda mascot costume takes part in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Former Supervisor David Chiu smiles to the crowd during the San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Former Supervisor David Chiu smiles to the crowd during the San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Lion dancers perform in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Lion dancers perform in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A performer jumps in the air in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A performer jumps in the air in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A performer jumps in the air in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A performer jumps in the air in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Lion dancers perform in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Lion dancers perform in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants in costumes take part in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants in costumes take part in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants perform a dragon dance in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants perform a dragon dance in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Performers take part in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Performers take part in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants perform music in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants perform music in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants in Chinese traditional costumes perform in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants in Chinese traditional costumes perform in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants from Lucky California in a giant red shopping cart perform in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants from Lucky California in a giant red shopping cart perform in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Lion dancers perform in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Lion dancers perform in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

The ornaments can be seen hanging at the vendor in the festival before San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

The ornaments can be seen hanging at the vendor in the festival before San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants perform with Chinese traditional fans in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade participants perform with Chinese traditional fans in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

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