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Chinese New Year Parade Celebrates The Year of the Rooster

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Monday, February 13, 2017

The SFMTA Chinese New Year Parade contingent stepped off Saturday evening with firecrackers, pounding drums and the ring of a cable car bell. Aboard an authentic cable car, operated on a bus chassis, operators, Central Subway project team members and other staff joined the more than 100 other units of sister city agencies, community organizations, sponsors and elected officials. Celebrating the Year of the Rooster, this year's parade wound through downtown — Union Square and Chinatown.

A tall, glittery rooster sits at the fronts of the Southwest parade float.

A towering rooster proclaimed the start of the new year from the front of the Southwest Airlines float.

An ornate gold, red and green lantern shines inside a motorized cable car.

As one of the last nighttime parades in the country, San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade is full of floats and attractions that glow and sparkle. So, our cable car is augmented with elaborate lanterns.

A brightly colored dragon is carried through the parade route.

Numerous dragons of various colors and sizes dazzled SF streets.

Motorized cable cars glowing with Chinese lanterns is led down Market Street by SFMTA staff carrying a "Happy New Year" banner.

Muni's motorized cable car, glowing with Chinese lanterns, was led down Market Street.

Leonard Oats rings the cable car bell as the rubber-tire cable car makes its way through the Chinese New Year Parade.

Cable Car Grip Leonard Oats kept our toes tapping with his world champion bell ringing skills.