The Lunar New Year Parade kicked off on February 24, 2018 in celebration of the start of a new lunar calendar. The parade has taken place in San Francisco since the 18th century and is the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. (Samantha Shanahan/KQED)
PHOTOS: Chinese New Year Parade Illuminates San Francisco
Last night's Chinese New Year Parade held in San Francisco is considered one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of China. The parade has taken place since the 1860s and attracts millions of spectators in person and on TV.
Based on the lunar calendar, the 2018 Chinese New Year started on Feb. 16. Celebrations have already been underway across the Bay Area, with markets, lunar festivals and culinary delights.
Last night's event is one of the few remaining illuminated parades in the country. It featured floats, costumes, lion dances, firecrackers and the newly crowned Miss Chinatown USA.