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Bigwigs Discussed The Parade Start (209 views)
Preparation For The 2013 Chinese New Year Parade
Market Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets

San Francisco, California

(Photo posted Wednesday 27 February 2013)

(Photo taken 17:04:50 Saturday 23 February 2013)

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A gathering of bigwigs at the starting point of the parade led to discussions about the mechanics of the start.

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(2 of 9) Girls holding a Chinese banner waited for a chance to begin the parade.
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(3 of 9) A group of motorcycle police officers were idling in the middle of Market Street, and waiting to lead the parade.
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(4 of 9) The audience for the parade was packed several rows deep. People stood on steps and sat on newspaper racks to better see the parade. As you might guess from their attire, the weather was chilly for
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(5 of 9) Police barricades lined the entire parade route and kept the audience from spilling out into the street.
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(6 of 9) A small group of pyrotechnic specialists were preparing for the big firecracker display that marks the start of the parade.
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(7 of 9) Before the start of the parade, many groups gather in twos, threes, and half dozens, for that mandatory pre-parade portrait.
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(8 of 9) The traditional firecracker display began the parade. Photographers and officials watched. One police officer covered his ears.
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(9 of 9) The start-of-parade display of firecrackers generated a large cloud of smoke and threw bits of red paper all over the street.