San Francisco Brings in “The year of the Horse”

Photos by Ken A. Epstein

Photos by Ken A. Epstein

Hundreds of thousands of people came to see this year’s Chinese New Year parade, which took place Saturday evening, Feb. 15, celebrating 2014 as the Year of the Horse.   Floats adorned with life-sized horse figures and people of all ages dressed in horse costumes paraded through the streets to honor the tradition.

The New Year parade in San Francisco is the largest event of its kind outside of Asia. It incorporates over 100 different acts including marching bands, 24 colorful floats, traditional dancers, martial arts groups, stilt walkers and over 5,000 individual participants that follow a one and a half mile route in downtown San Francisco.

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