Flower Market Fair opens SF’s Chinese New Year’s celebration

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Flower Market Fair opens SF’s Chinese New Year’s celebration

San Francisco’s Chinese New Year celebration officially began Saturday, and some say this lunar year will be a favorite among the crowds. That’s because it’s the Year of the Dog and, well, dogs are cute. Chinatown’s annual Flower Market Fair kicked off festivities for the Lunar New Year, as scores of revelers walked down colorful booths on Grant Avenue to buy flowers and good luck knickknacks, or watch a small parade ahead of the big one to come on Feb. 24. The Rev. Norman Fong was at the main stage for the event, telling the crowd this year would be a special one. “This is a whole new beginning” said Fong, executive director of the Chinatown Community Development Center. “This is going to be one of the best years.” The young and not so young walked for blocks down the sidewalk market Saturday. Some in the crowd held newly purchased flowers wrapped in newspaper. Others held plastic flowers that doubled as wind spinners. And just as many people are expected Sunday, when the event continues. Error loading player: No playable sources found Gum Lung, the Chinese New Years golden dragon, gets equipped with energy-saving lighting by dragon master Frank […]