Chinese Lunar New Year: What you need to know

Posted Jan 27 2017 12:48PM PST

Updated Jan 25 2018 01:16PM PST

SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) -- The Chinese Lunar New Year starts Feb. 16 and the Bay Area hosts one of the largest parades in the world to celebrate the observation.

This Q&A has answers to some of the most common questions about the celebration.

Q. What is the Chinese New Year parade?
A. The Chinese New Year parade is a celebration of the Lunar New Year. According to the Chinese zodiac, this is the year of the dog.

Q. When is this year's Chinese New Year Parade?
A. This year the Chinese New Year parade will be held Saturday Feb. 24, 2017.

Q. Where is the best place to watch the parade?
A. The entire parade route boasts good views to take in the floats and the parade. However, the viewing crowd gets larger as the parade route nears Chinatown.

Q. How can I ensure that I get a prime spot to view the parade?
A. Choose a spot by 4:30 PM -- or earlier -- to get a good view.

Q. If it rains or is cloudy and cold, will the parade be canceled?
A. The Parade will take place rain or shine.

Q. How long does the parade last?
A. The parade lasts approximately 2 ½ hours.

Q. What is the best way to get to the parade?
A. Parade-goers are strongly urged to use public transportation to get to the parade. The parade route is accessible via BART or MUNI. Passengers should use the Powell or Montgomery street stations. There are also parking garages in the area.

Q. Can I stay home and still watch the parade?
A. Yes! The parade will be broadcast LIVE on KTVU FOX 2 

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