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Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown
February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Chinese New Year (AKA Lunar New Year) celebrations occur at various locations throughout the five boroughs. But easily the most festive Chinese New Year parade in New York City can be found in Chinatown. This year’s parade occurs on Sunday, February 9th and is the Year of the Rat according to the Chinese Zodiac.
Dress in your most auspicious reds and make your way out to Mott Street and Canal Street in Lower Manhattan to get in on all the festivities. There will be impressive floats, marching bands, lion dance troupes, dancers and, of course, those colorful confetti sticks popping off along the parade route. The conclusion is at Eldridge street and Forsyth street, next to Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Just make sure to get to the Chinese New Year Parade early for the best vantage, because it can get mighty crowded.
Additionally, Chinatown is a fantastic place to plan an excellent post-parade dinner. Whether you’re looking for Cantonese fare, dim sum, soup dumplings or hand-pulled noodles, you’ll find them in this vibrant NYC neighborhood.
You can find more information on the parade, including the complete route, and other Chinatown celebrations here.
To get a preview of the event, check out our coverage of 2018’s Year of the Dragon here.