Chinese New Year Parade & Festival: February 8, 2020

Update: The E Embarcadero historic streetcar will not run. This page is updated to reflect that change with suggested alternative routes.

The Annual Chinese New Year Parade & Festival will take place Saturday evening. Parade formation will begin around 3 p.m. along Main, Market and 2nd streets. The Parade will begin at 5:15 p.m. from Market & 2nd St and will go along Market, Geary, around Union Square on to Post, then along Kearny to Pacific. Muni will reroute buses that serve or cross Market Street. Read below for more information which routes will be impacted, when they will be impacted and where to board during the reroute.

On This Page

Getting to the Parade

The easiest way to get to Parade is via the Market Street Subway at Montgomery Station, near the beginning of the parade. Powell Station is also nearby, just a few blocks from where the Parade goes around Union Square.

Back to Top.

Street Closures

Several streets in the Financial District will be closed for parade staging and for the parade itself. They will reopen after the parade is clear and streets are cleaned, at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Schedule of Street Closures
Street Closure Start Time
Main, between Market and Harrison 10 a.m.
Market, between 3rd St & Beale 4 p.m.
2nd St, between Market and Mission 2 p.m.
Mission, between 5th St and Beale
(transit access only)
2 p.m.
Geary,  between Market and Powell 4 p.m.
Powell, between Geary and Post 4 p.m.
Post, between Kearny to Powell 4 p.m.
Kearny, between Geary and Pacific 4 p.m.
Stockton, between Sacramento and Sutter
(local access will be allowed)
4 p.m.

Back to Top.

Muni Impact Summary

Many Muni routes will reroute or switchback--changing from inbound to outbound--before they reach Downtown. Most Market Street routes will operate on Mission Street instead. Routes that cross Market Street will be rerouted around the event areas. Reroutes start at different times, but all service will return to normal once the Parade clears the streets.

Summary of Muni Impacts by Route
Route Start Temporary Service Change
E Embarcadero All Day There is no E Embarcadero service. North of the Market Street, use the F bus. South of Market Street, use the N or T trains.
F Market & Wharves 2 p.m.

The historic streetcar will be operated by bus.
To Fisherman's Whard, the reroute will begin at Market & 4th St, right on 4th St, left on Mission, left on Steuart, right on Don Chee Way to the regular route. 
To the Castro, the reroute will begin at Don Chee Way, left on Steuart, right on Mission, right on 3rd St, left on Market to the regular route.

California Cable Car 2 p.m.

The Cable Car will be operated by a bus.
To Downtown, the reroute will begin at California & Stockton, right on Stockton, right on Pine, right on Powell, right on Broadway, right on Sansome, left on California to the regular route.
To Van Ness Ave, the reroute will begin at California & Sansome, right on Sansome, left on Broadway, left on Stockton, right on Pacific, left on Powell, right on California to the regular route.

Powell/Hyde Cable Car 2 p.m. No service to Market Street. Switchback will begin at Powell Street.
Powell/Mason Cable Car 2 p.m. No service to Market Street. Switchback will begin at Powell Street.
1 California 2 p.m. The reroute will be along Broadway, between Stockton and Sansome.
2 Sutter/Clement 2 p.m. To Downtown, the reroute will begin at Post & Mason, right on Mason, left on Market, right on 4th St, left on Mission to the regular route.
To The Richmond, the reroute will be along Mission, right on 3rd St, left on Market, right on Turk, right on Taylor, left on Sutter to the regular route.
3 Jackson 12 noon Switchback will begin at Larkin. The stops nearest to Downtown are Post & Polk and Sutter & Larkin. Take the 2 to go Downtown.
5 Fulton 10 a.m. To Downtown, the reroute will begin at Market & 4th St, right on 4th St, left on Mission to the Transit Center Bus Plaza.
To Ocean Beach, the reroute will be along Mission St, right on 3rd St, left on Market to the regular route.
6 Haight/Parnassus 2 p.m. To Downtown, the reroute will begin at Market & 4th St, right on 4th St, left on Mission to Steuart St.
To The Inner Sunset, the reroute will begin at Market & Spear, left on Spear, right on Mission, right on 3rd St, left on Market to the regular route.
7 Haight/Noriega

2 p.m.

To Downtown, the reroute will begin at Market & 4th St, right on 4th St, left on Mission to the Transit Center Bus Plaza.
To Ocean Beach, the reroute will be along Mission St, right on 3rd St, left on Market to the regular route.
8 Bayshore 2 p.m. To Fisherman's Wharf, the reroute will begin at 3rd St & Mission, right on Mission, left on The Embarcadero, left on Broadway, right on Columbus to the regular route.
To City College, reroute will begin at Stockton & Sutter, right on Sutter, left on Mason, left on Market, right on 4th St to the regular route.
9 San Bruno 2 p.m. To Downtown, the reroute will begin at Market & 4th St, right on 4th St, left on Mission to Steuart St.
To The Inner Sunset, the reroute will begin at Market & Spear, left on Spear, right on Mission, right on 3rd St, left on Market to the regular route.
10 Townsend 2 p.m. To Russian Hill, the reroute will begin on 2nd St & Mission, right on Mission, left on The Embarcadero, left on Broadway, left on Stockton, right on Pacific to the regular route.
To General Hospital, the reroute will begin on Broadway, continue on Broadway, right on Embarcadero, right on Mission, left on 2nd St to the regular route.
12 Folsom/Pacific 2 p.m. To Russian Hill, the reroute will begin on 2nd St & Mission, right on Mission, left on The Embarcadero, left on Broadway, left on Stockton, right on Pacific to the regular route.
To General Hospital, the reroute will begin on Broadway, continue on Broadway, right on Embarcadero, right on Mission, left on 2nd St to the regular route.
14 Mission 10 a.m. Temporary terminal will be on Steuart between Mission and Market.
14R Mission Rapid 10 a.m. Temporary terminal will be on Steuart between Mission and Market.
21 Hayes 2 p.m. To Downtown, the reroute will begin at Market & 4th St, right on 4th St, left on Mission to Steuart St.
To The Inner Richmond, the reroute will begin at Market & Spear, left on Spear, right on Mission, right on 3rd St, left on Market to the regular route.
30 Stockton 2 p.m. To The Marina, the reoute will begin at 3rd St & Market, left on Market, right on Turk, right on Taylor, right on Bush, right on Grant, right on Sutter, right on Stockton to the regular route.
To Caltrain, the reroute will begin at Stockton & Sutter, right on Sutter, left on Mason, left on Market, right on 4th St to the regular route.
31 Balboa 2 p.m. To Downtown, the reroute will begin at Market & 4th St, right on 4th St, left on Mission to Steuart St.
To The Inner Richmond, the reroute will begin at Market & Spear, left on Spear, right on Mission, right on 3rd St, left on Market to the regular route.
38 Geary 2 p.m. To Downtown, the reroute will begin at O'Farrell & Mason, right on Mason, left on Market, right on 4th St, left on Mission to the Transit Center Bus Plaza.
To The Richmond, the reroute will along Mission, right on 3rd St, right on Turk, right on Taylor, left on Geary to the regular route.
38R Geary Rapid 2 p.m. To Downtown, the reroute will begin at O'Farrell & Mason, right on Mason, left on Market, right on 4th St, left on Mission to the Transit Center Bus Plaza.
To The Richmond, the reroute will along Mission, right on 3rd St, right on Turk, right on Taylor, left on Geary to the regular route.
45 Union/Stockton 2 p.m. To The Marina, the reoute will begin at 3rd St & Market, left on Market, right on Turk, right on Taylor, right on Bush, right on Grant, right on Sutter, right on Stockton to the regular route.
To Caltrain, the reroute will begin at Stockton & Sutter, right on Sutter, left on Mason, left on Market, right on 4th St to the regular route.
76X Marin Headlands Express 2 p.m. Switchback will begin at Taylor. After 5 p.m., the last stop will be Post & Jones. Use the 2 to go Downtown.

Back to Top.

Downtown Transfers

The table below lists transfer opportunities from the Market Street Subway to rerouted Muni services.

Transfer Opportunities to Reroutes by Station
Station Route, Direction and Stop Location
Van Ness
Civic Center
Powell
Embarcadero

Note: Some service is rerouted to Mission Street, which is a short walk from all Market Street Subway stations.

Back to Top.

Event Map

Muni Reroute Map for the 2020 Chinese New Year Parade

Back to Top.