SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Despite being in the midst of a drought, people attending the annual Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco on Saturday evening should pack an umbrella and prepare for the possibility of wet weather.
According to the KPIX 5 weather office, conditions will most likely be dry when the parade starts. Rain is expected to move into the area sometime Saturday evening. The storm is expected to drop a small amount of rainfall over San Francisco before moving out Sunday morning.
Parade officials said the event will take place, rain or shine.
The parade begins around 5:15 p.m. at the intersection of Market and Second Streets, continuing down Geary Street to Union Square. Then, the parade route turns north to Powell Street, east on Post Street and north on Kearny Street, where the parade will end in Chinatown near the intersection of Kearny and Columbus Avenue.
More than 100 units are scheduled to participate, which celebrates the Year of the Horse. The celebration features dozens of floats, marching bands and San Francisco city officials, along with Miss Chinatown USA and her court.
The parade will culminate with a massive Golden Dragon that is 268 feet long and takes a team of more than 100 men and women to carry.
According to parade officials, the event was started by San Francisco’s Chinese community in the 1860s. The event has been under the direction of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce since 1958.
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