Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival NYC

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Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival Summary

Event Overview: The Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival is a parade and festival that takes place during the Lunar New Year in lower Manhattan. It is managed by the volunteers of Better Chinatown Society, and is one of the largest Chinese New Year parade and festivals in the United States. The parade runs from Little Italy and through Chinatown and ends at the Sara Delano Roosevelt Park, where the festival takes place. 

What to Expect: New York Chinatown New Year Parade and Festival takes place annually in the lower neighborhoods of Manhattan. It is an exciting time with plenty in attendance and plenty more things to do in celebration.

  • Huge: The Chinese New Year Parade and Festival is a big time for many in New York City. Last year, the attendance for this massive event was in the hundreds of thousands. With so many people partaking in the celebration, this is one of the biggest and most entertaining events in the early months of the year.
  • Multi-cultural: The New York Chinatown New Year Parade and Festival is not limited to celebrating Chinese heritage and tradition. All Asian cultures in New York are welcome and encouraged to participate with floats in the parade and activities at the festival, making this a celebration of Asian culture and not just Chinese culture.
  • Long-running: While the actual parade does not take place until a certain day, the festivities go on for a large portion of the month. Visitors can enjoy the celebrations of the Lunar Festival for two weeks leading up to the big event.

Inside Knowledge: The New York Chinatown New Year Parade and Festival first began in 1999 under the support of the Better Chinatown Society. It was done in order to give New York's Chinatown a cultural celebration much to the scale of the ones in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Now, the event brings in hundreds of thousands of people ranging from locals to tourists.

Event Hints:

  • Stay for a While: The Chinese New Year NYC celebrations are longer than a day. Be sure to visit Manhattan for about two weeks in order to enjoy the entire celebration.
  • Firecracker Ceremony: The firecracker ceremony and festival takes place one week prior to the New York Chinatown new Year Parade and Festival. If you are looking to celebrate the entire duration of the Chinese New Year, then be sure to check this out too.
  • Plan Ahead: Last year, the Chinese New Year celebrations and the festival itself brought in over 500,000 people. If you want a good spot in the parade, then be ready to pick out a location ahead of time.



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Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival

Feb
16

Location

Sara Delano Roosevelt Park
Houston St. and Forsyth St.
New York, US
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Event Date

Feb 16,2013

Event Cost

FREE

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Event Quick Facts

  • The Lunar New Year parade NYC starts in Little Italy and goes through Chinatown.
  • The parade ends at Sara Delano Roosevelt Park, where the festival takes place.
  • The Lunar New Year parade and festival is managed by the Better Chinatown Society.

Nearest Transit:
Canal Street (J, M, Z, N, Q, R, W, 6); Canal-Church Sts (A, C, E); Franklin St (1)


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