NYC Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade 2013: Year of the Snake

I just returned to Hong Kong from New York City and had the pleasure of attending this year’s Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown on Sunday Feb 18th.

Sunday was cold and blustery, hovering around the -1 C mark with a strong wind but that didn’t keep the crowds away. Thousands of people of all ethnicities lined the streets of Chinatown to enjoy the festivities celebrating the year of the snake. There were many different performers from school marching bands, to lion and snake dancers, a Colombian dance troupe, dozens of floats, and free giveaways such as gloves from Met Life, Mardi Gras beads from Verizon, American Flags, and red envelopes.

Both kids and adults were joining in the fun celebrating by setting off confetti poppers and using noisemakers to ward off the evil spirits. There was a large variety of traditional and modern music which appealed to all ages. It was a blast and I wanted to share some blog posts covering the event. Next time you’re in New York during Chinese New Year, be sure to check out the parade which falls on the 2nd Sunday after CNY.

Check out this awesome video of the parade, the first 3 minutes will give you a good overview.

Other sites covering the parade including photos:

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