Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year Safety Tips

Staying safe during the Lunar New Year festivities

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. Let’s work together to make sure you can enjoy them safely:

  • Look out for each other and report any suspicious persons or activity to event staff or a police officer.
  • Call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
  • Call 1-415-575-4444 to reach the SFPD anonymous tip line.
  • Text AlertSF to 888-777 to sign up to be messaged by text of any city emergencies.
  • Never accept drinks from strangers.
  • Never drink and drive. If you plan to drink, rely on a designated driver or public transportation.
  • If you drive to the parade, avoid leaving valuables inside your car. Always take your cellphone and wallet with you.
  • There is safety in numbers. Stay with a group when on the street and think twice before leaving a bar or club with a stranger.

Beware of scams!

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 police at our non-emergency number: 1-415-553-0123. You can also call our Anonymous Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.