Come Join the Lions, Dragons and Unicorn’s for New York’s 13th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year’s Day & Firecracker Ceremony

Posted on Jan 20, 2012

Over 260,000 Chinese people live in New York City, and we’d love for you to be Chinese for a day!

Date: Monday, January 23, 2012

Time: 11AM – 3PM

Location: Sara Roosevelt Park (Intersection: Grand St, & Chrystie St.)

January 23rd marks the first day of the 2012 Lunar New Year, which will be kicked off with 600,000 rounds of colorful firecrackers, prepared by highly trained detonation specialists, a traditional Lunar New Year practice believed to scare away evil spirits. Expected attendees include local politicians, community leaders and dignitaries.

After opening ceremonies, a dozen Lion, Dragon and Unicorn dance troupes will march down the main streets of Chinatown (Mott, Bowery, East Broadway, Bayard, Elizabeth, and Pell) to help ring in the New Year. A massive festival will be in the heart of Chinatown that will feature all-day cultural performances by traditional and contemporary Asian and Asian-American singers and dancers, along with food vendors and promotional booths

Estimated Attendance: 200,000 

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

Date: Sunday, January 29, 2012

Time: 11:30 AM – 4:00PM     Festival & Booths

Time: 1:00 PM    Parade starts

Location: Starts at Little Italy and goes through the main streets of Lower Manhattan/Chinatown (Mott, Canal, Bowery, Chatham Square, East Broadway, Eldridge, Hester, Forsyth  & Grand St.) and ends at the Lower East Side on Grand St by Sara Roosevelt Park.

Cultural Festival & Booth: Sara Roosevelt Park (Canal & Forsyth St.)

The Chinatown Lunar New Year
Parade & New Year’s Day Firecracker Ceremony was founded in 1999 to provide New York’s Chinese American community with a large scale celebration on par with those in San Francisco and Los Angeles. In recent years it has surpassed it, the event has grown into a New York City-wide affair and New York’s biggest winter tourist attraction, luring thousands of visitors from all over the United States and the world.

With the dog parade 5 years ago and 4 years ago the Pig race, 2- colorful float, 20 antique cars, 200 cultural performers & 3000 marchers participating making the parade more exciting. Last year, a record 500,000 spectators flooded the streets of Chinatown to welcome the year of the Rabbit.  A truly pan-Asian spectacle, the Parade features cultural performers and organizations from all across Asia, including China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Hispanic & American dancer, bands and cultural float

A colorful spectacle featuring floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, antique cars, beauty queens, Asian & Hispanic musical performers, magicians and acrobats, and local organizations. The floats will feature various cultural performances and special guests. Over 6,000 individuals will march in the Parade, which will span every major street in Chinatown. This is the biggest winter parade in the East Coast and a national and international tourist attraction. Elected officials, celebrities and community leaders are scheduled to take part in the Parade, which will be covered by local, national and international media. An outdoor cultural festival will take place at the Sara Roosevelt Park by Canal St & Forsyth St that will feature booths and performances by musicians, dancers, and martial artists.

Estimated Attendance: 500,000

Remember all the fabulous Chinese restaurants.  Take advantage of Restaurant Week’s pricing.

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