CHINESE NEW YEAR – This is San Francisco’s world famous Chinese New Year celebration. The street fair and parade date back to gold rush days; with elaborate floats, folk dancers, marching bands, stilt walkers, acrobats and a 250 foot long Golden Dragon or Gum Lung. You’ll find the city has the largest Chinatown neighborhood and parade, outside Asia. The year of the dragon is the fifth of twelve animals on the zodiac; for generosity, confidence and romance. A visit to Chinatown is an interesting and inexpensive day trip any time of year. Check it out; but forget about finding a parking space. Park south of Market Street (I like the Fifth and Mission garage) near Union Square; then walk to main gate at Bush and Grant.