SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Lunar New Year Parade, the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia, took place on Saturday, February 23 at 5 p.m. near Market and Second Streets.

Days before the Lunar New Year Parade, the San Francisco Police Department implemented safety preparations. SFPD commander David Lazar indicated that the police department wanted people to be observant and aware of their surroundings. They also encouraged people to report any suspicious activity or noise complaints to their non-emergency line and informed participants at the parade to leave cars empty and not to bring any fireworks to the parade.

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said, “Having situation awareness and preparedness goes hand-in-hand with having fun during celebratory events in San Francisco. Our Lunar New Year us one of San Francisco’s most popular and special events. It draws many spectators and everyone’s safety and well-being is a priority for the San Francisco Police department,” said SFPD Police Chief Bill Scott in a statement.

Members of the SFPD also marched in the parade that included floats, bands, and dancers, as well as the 288-foot long Golden Dragon.