BAY AREA USHERS IN YEAR
OF THE DOG WITH SEVERAL EVENTS
By Kelly Pakula, Bay City News Service
February 1, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Bay Area residents can partake in
several Chinese New Year events scheduled to take place in San
Francisco throughout the next couple of weeks to help usher in
the Year of the Dog.
Currently taking place near the Walter U. Lum Place, located
at the intersection of Washington and Clay streets, is the Chinese
New Year Carnival, according to Karen Eng, public relations director
for the San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade.
The carnival will be held daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. through
At 8 p.m. today the San Francisco Symphony will celebrate the
Chinese New Year with a show at the Davies Symphony Hall, located
at 201 Van Ness Ave.
"This unique event brings together the best of Eastern and
Western music, artistry and culture, and we are delighted that
the Bay Area community has embraced this festive and entertaining
event with such enthusiasm and support," Jessa Wu, chairman
of the SFS Chinese New Year Celebration, said in a statement.
The Chinese New Year events continue with the Miss Chinatown
USA Pageant on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the San Francisco Palace
of Fine Arts located at 3301 Lyon St, according to Eng.
The pageant has been around for nearly 50 years, with Chinese
American women from the Bay Area and the rest of the nation competing
for the opportunity to win scholarships.
The pageant winners will receive cash prizes and various gifts
including a $10,000 cash prize for Miss Chinatown USA, a $5,000
cash prize for Miss Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and a $3,000
cash prize for Miss San Francisco Chinatown.
On Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. the Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball
will take place at the Hilton San Francisco and Towers Hotel located
333 O'Farrell St., Eng said.
The culmination of the Chinese New Year events will take place
on Feb. 11 with the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade,
according to Eng.
The parade is the largest of its kind outside of Asia, with over
100 different groups participating in the parade each year. The
parade features "various marching bands, corporate sponsored
floats and community floats," Eng said.
The parade will begin near the intersection of Second and Market
streets and will end near the intersection of Jackson and Kearny
streets, Eng said. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be capped
off with the presentation of the Golden Dragon at 8 p.m.
The dragon is over 201 feet long and will be accompanied by 650,000
firecrackers at the end of the parade, Eng said. "It's one
of the highlights," Eng said. "It's always a great excitement.
There's a lot of tradition.'' Eng said what makes the parade so
special is that "it's one of the few nighttime parades in
Eng expects that at least 500,000 people will line up along the
parade route, and that millions of people will view the parade
According to Eng, children from local elementary schools will
participate in the parade. Eng expects that many of the children
will dress up in floppy ears and wagging tails in honor of the
Year of the Dog.
"The dog to us means loyalty, reliability, and guarding
one's home," Eng said.
More information on this year's Chinese New Year events can be
found on the Web site, http://www.chineseparade.com.
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