Chinese New Year's Day isn't until Monday, January 23 (lunar year 4710), but Grant Avenue was wall-to-wall people last weekend for the Chinese New Year Flower Fair. Ace and I were on our way to the Mission District to meet friends for coffee before seeing a play at Brava, but we walked from our flat in North Beach through Chinatown to see the action before hopping on a bus on Mission St. The press said it was a place to buy flowers for the upcoming Chinese New Year's festivities. And there were a few flower booths. But there was also a whole lot of other sights.
You can find a full list of activities celebrating the onset of the Year of the Dragon--including the Miss Chinatown USA pageant, a Chinatown Community Street Fair, a Chinese New Year celebration by the SF Symphony, and of course, the Chinese New Year Parade--at this schedule of Chinatown events.
The parade will be Saturday, Feb. 11, from 5-8:30pm. See you there!