We experience the Chinese New Year good luck. We get parking at BART! It is a busy day in San Francisco with SF Giants Appreciation Day event at AT&T Park and the parade.
Our destination is the first BART stop in San Francisco, Embarcadero Station, which gives us easy access to a great night. We first walk over to the Ferry Building Marketplace to get duck breasts and mushrooms (oyster, shitake, and chantarelle) for our upcoming Valentine's Day dinner. Shopping accomplished, we head back to Market Street to watch the parade. As we wander through groups of people and floats preparing to start, we get a fabulous, different perspective than we would just watching the parade further down the route. The energy is strong, the crowds are celebratory, and the floats are sitting, waiting their turn to go. With over a hundred floats, some do have to wait quite a while.
Floats waiting their turn
On one corner, the stilt people are also waiting for their chance to go. I'm not sure I would be up to the long walk on stilts!
Dragons in motion
Bands getting started
Walking the route
Riding the route
And, as we walk away from Market Street toward Jackson, where Kokkari is located, we reach the other end of the parade and see the people and floats who have finished the parade heading out for their evening. We also get to enjoy the firecrackers! One after another, filling the air with percussion.
Packing up at the end
What a great treat, followed by a fabulous dinner at Kokkari, where we are never disappointed.