Monday, March 1, 2010

CNY Parade in San Francisco

I decided to do a slideshow for all the photos from this weekend - I had a hard time choosing which ones to post!

The weather gods were smiling on us this past weekend! Rain was forecasted, but we had clear skies and mild temperatures. The rain clouds had just cleared as we landed in San Francisco on Friday afternoon. A few ominous clouds hung around, but only added more drama to the skyline as we entered the city. We all just love being in San Francisco! Most of our 'big' family events are held in San Fran - our wedding banquet and Josie's Red Egg and Ginger party- just to name two!

Maddie's friend, Hailey, came with us. It was her first time visiting the city. Trying to squeeze in all the things on the girls 'to see and do' list was an impossible task. We did, however, give it the ole' college try!

Friday night we walked about 10 blocks in the SoMo district to get to Rocco's Cafe. James is a Food Network junkie and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is his absolute favorite. His only wish for the weekend was to eat at one of the establishments featured by Guy on the show. We were greeted at the door by Don, the owner and seated right away. We took a look at the menu and found lots of things we would have loved to try... but, it was a Lenten Friday - No Meat!! We started with some calamari, which was very good. Maddie and I each ordered the Eggplant Parmesan, Josie and Hailey had pasta and James had Grilled Polenta with roasted vegetables. The desserts are made by Don's Mom, so I had saved room! Big disappointment to find out that Mom had only cooked pies that day. I don't like pie. At all. Oh well, maybe next time.

We were up and out early on Saturday morning. We took Hailey to visit the sea lions and seals on Pier 37 (39?). Walked around Fishermans Wharf. The older girls visited the wax museum while Josie and I enjoyed the beautiful tulips that seemed to be bursting from every container on our route.

We visited the street fair in Chinatown for a good part of the afternoon. There was music, martial arts demonstrations, and hundreds of booths. Most popular was the Home Depot booth where the kids got to color their own tile and were given a birdhouse kit to construct on their own. We met up with my brother and sister-in-law, Rich and Ivy, and got to spend quality time with our nieces, Alicia and Zoe.

Finally, we staked our claim on a piece of curb on Market Street in preparation for the parade. I was able to get some good shots while the light was still good. Of course, the illuminated parade floats came at the end, when there was little light left on the parade route. Getting photos was a challenge. It was the first time any of us had seen the parade, so we really enjoyed it! Some of the performers were just excellent. It seems that nearly every organization in San Francisco has a lion dance team. Even the Police and Fire Departments!

After the parade we grabbed dinner across from the hotel - the kids were very chilly. (I think they are getting too used to the Southern California climate - it was only 50 degrees!) James and I took advantage of having two 'babysitters' and spent some time sharing a drink on the 39th floor lounge - it had awesome views of the city. Just beautiful!

We were back in Orange County by 11AM Sunday, and back to our weekend routine of errands and housework. Oh well, everyday can't be a holiday! But, we're thankful we got to share this new adventure with the kids!


  1. Sounds like a great weekend! I so wish we could have joined you (especially since Madi's dance team didn't place very well at the competition second place dance, but the rest didn't place at all). Im going to have to put next year's parade on my calendar looked awesome. Thanks for sharing so many awesome pictures!
    Let's try to get together soon....maybe just a you and me lunch one day until we can get the calendars together to plan something for the families.

  2. You did an awesome job with the photos, Mich! I bet it was a fantastic parade with all those colors and floats and costumes. Thank you for showing me something I may never get to see! Beautiful!