Wednesday, February 02, 2011

chinatown flower festival

The Chinatown Flower Festival kick starts the lunar new year celebration in San Francisco. The streets of Chinatown are blocked off from traffic so many flower vendors and other vendors can set up tents along the street. Even though the weather was a bit on the gloomy side this year, people were in high spirits. Here are some pictorial highlights from the festival.

Lots of vendors selling flowers:

San Francisco Chinatown Flower Festival

new year blooms

good luck money tree

orchids galore

Lots of vendors selling other knick knacks for the new year:

Lunar New Year decorations

Winnie the Pooh celebrates Lunar New Year too!

new year decorations

There was a lot of plastic statues this year...

hanging out with the man of the street

plastic princesses

golden tiger on the prowl

And something I will never get out of my head:
pig snouts

I am looking forward to the New Year Parade and Street Fair, marking the end of the two week celebration.  Crossing my fingers that it will be sunny during President's Day weekend!

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