San Francisco Chinatown during Chinese New Year

San Francisco Chinatown during Chinese New Year (Photo credit: Jenna Lane/KCBS)

San Francisco Chinatown Celebrates New Year, New Dragon

Jenna Lane
February 16, 2018 - 3:20 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) - It took six months to make the new dragon that leads and symbolizes the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco. It arrived in Portsmouth Square, fiery orange and fluorescent green with yellow scales but in need of an eye-doting ceremony to bring it to life.

After a blessing of the ink, former Mayor Willie Brown and current Mayor Mark Farrell had the honor of brushing it on. Once they were done, firecrackers woke it up. It's 288 feet long and requires 48 dancers to keep it undulating down the street.

The dragon will rest until February 24th, the night of the Chinese New Year Parade.