Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year - Returning 2022!

Staying safe during the Lunar New Year festivities 

The Chinese New Year Parade will be returning to San Francisco this year!

Each February, San Francisco celebrates the Lunar New Year with our city’s world-famous parade – the largest in the United States. The parades began in the 1860s and today never fail to draw huge crowds. The Chinese New Year Parade will be held on February 19, 2022. Please click here to view more info regarding this year's parade and festivities. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade organizers have imposed health and safety protocols such as:

  • Provide proof that you are fully vaccinated (this means up to date with boosters if eligible) against COVID‐19 (you must receive your final vaccine dose 14 days prior to your entry date, or by February 5, 2022).
  • If you are not vaccinated, you may also provide proof of a negative COVID‐19 test within 72 hours of participating in the event (or no earlier than Wednesday, February 16, 2022).
  • Strongly recommending that all volunteers, participants, and members of our parade, wear a mask regardless of vaccination status for our events.

Please click here to learn more about this year's health and safety protocols.

Beware of Scams and Beware of your Surroundings!

Unfortunately, the Lunar New Year is a peak time for scammers. We urge you to beware of strangers seeking cash in exchange for curing your illness or lifting a curse.  If you are approached by a potential scammer, we urge you to contact the police at our non-emergency number: 1-415-553-0123. You can also call our Tip Line at 1-415-558-5588 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.

Vaccine Scams

While vaccination details are still being worked out here's what you can be sure of:

  • You cannot pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine. That's a scam.

  • You cannot pay to get early access to the vaccine. That’s a scam.

  • No healthcare provide or government entity will call about the vaccine and ask for your Social Security, bank account, or credit card number. That’s a scam.

  • Information surrounding vaccine scams is constantly growing - stay informed by visiting the Federal Trade Commission site on vaccine scams.