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New Year parade draws hundreds of thousands to the City

San Francisco's Chinatown is all spruced up and ready for her big moment this weekend.

The big event is the Chinese New Year Parade Saturday night. The parade is a city tradition that dates back more than 150 years. The Ccity is throwing around numbers like "a million" when they talk about the number of people who will line the parade route. The forecast of possible rain at show time will keep some away. It is also going to be pretty cold Saturday night with highs in the 40s.

This year there will be 26 floats, plus a gaggle of marching bands, dancing dragons and thousands and thousands of firecrackers, spokeswoman Karen Eng told Bay City News.

The Department of Public Works started a massive cleaning effort at the beginning of the month. It included steam cleaning the Broadway Street Tunnel, washing the entrance to Chinatown on Grant Avenue and removing graffiti pretty much everywhere along the parade route.

Things are scheduled to get started around 5 p.m. at Market and Second streets. It will go down Geary Boulevard and Post Street before ending on Kearny Street at Columbus Avenue.

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