Chinese New Year Festivities In New York City

Chinese New Year festivities in New York City will kick off Sunday February 10th,2013 from 11am-3:30pm. This year, we are celebrating the Chinese year of the Snake.

Come celebrate the 14th annual NYC Chinatown Lunar  New Year Parade and Festival. The parade is a colorful spectacle full of  beautiful costumes,dancers and marching bands as well as Asian and Hispanic musical performers. With over 6,000 people marching in the parade, this day marks the largest winter parade in New York City .It draws people from all over the world  as well as locals with an estimated 50,000 attendees.The parade will start in Roosevelt Park (between Grand and Hester Streets).There will be a firecracker detonation which is intended to ward off evil spirits. Performances by traditional and contemporary Asian-American artist will be showcased throughout the day on the main stage. Dragons, unicorns and lions don’t dance through the street od Chinatown every day so make sure you make it to this colorful and culturally significant event!

Don’t want to go below 59th Street? The China Institute will host a lion dance uptown.This is a folk tradition that will be performed by martial artists dressed in colorful costumes as well as performances by acrobats. This event is a Chinese New Year favorite, so I definitely suggest arriving early to secure a good view. It will be chilly out, but once you hear the sounds if the drums and gongs I’m sure you’ll start to warm up. Please note, this event is Free and will run from 11am-12pm on East 65th (between Park and Lexington Ave) outside of the China Institute. Immediately following, you’re welcome to stay and take a calligraphy writing,dumpling making or paper cutting workshop inside. These workshops are great for all ages.

For my food lovers who want to take part in the Chinese New Year festivities minus the crowds, why not book an “Explore Chinatown Food and Culture Walking Tour”? On this food tour you will not only enjoy delicious authentic Chinese cuisine but you will also learn the history of New York’s Chinatown. During this tour, you will stop by three restaurants and dine using the traditional Chinese etiquette. The tour schedules are Mon at 12pm and Sat at 10am. For tickets and availability click here.

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