Preparation, For The 2013 Chinese New Year Parade

Bigwigs Discussed The Parade Start
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A gathering of bigwigs at the starting point of the parade led to discussions about the mechanics of the start.


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)   •  © 2013 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B13_0303
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Waited For A Chance To Begin
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Girls holding a Chinese banner waited for a chance to begin the parade.


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 17:04:54 Saturday 23 February 2013)   •  © 2013 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B13_0304
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Motorcycle Police Ready To Lead The Parade
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A group of motorcycle police officers were idling in the middle of Market Street, and waiting to lead the parade.


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 17:08:11 Saturday 23 February 2013)   •  © 2013 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B13_0309
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The Audience Was Packed And Ready
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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 the parade.


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 17:09:37 Saturday 23 February 2013)   •  © 2013 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_0310
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Police Barricades Held The Audience Back
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Police barricades lined the entire parade route and kept the audience from spilling out into the street.


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 17:09:43 Saturday 23 February 2013)   •  © 2013 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B13_0314
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Pyrotechnic Specialists Readied The Firecrackers
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A small group of pyrotechnic specialists were preparing for the big firecracker display that marks the start of the parade.


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 17:14:35 Saturday 23 February 2013)   •  © 2013 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B13_0318
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Many Opportunities For Group Portraits
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Before the start of the parade, many groups gather in twos, threes, and half dozens, for that mandatory pre-parade portrait.


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 17:16:20 Saturday 23 February 2013)   •  © 2013 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B13_0382
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Firecrackers Began The Start Of The Parade
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The traditional firecracker display began the parade. Photographers and officials watched. One police officer covered his ears.


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 17:20:04 Saturday 23 February 2013)   •  © 2013 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B13_0327
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A Cloud Of Smoke And Flying Paper
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The start-of-parade display of firecrackers generated a large cloud of smoke and threw bits of red paper all over the street.


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 17:20:16 Saturday 23 February 2013)   •  © 2013 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B13_0337
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