The special celebration of Lunar New Year is observed by many cultures around the world whose calendars follow the moon cycles.
This year, Lunar New Year fell on Sunday, January 22. To celebrate, New Yorkers once again prepare for the lively streets of Chinatown to fill with festivities at the 25th annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade. The annual parade was postponed in 2021 but returned in full force last year. It will once again color the streets of Chinatown this Sunday, February 12, 2023.
2023 marks the Year of the Rabbit, symbolizing patience and luck, according to Chinese Astrology. For all of you astrology fanatics, those born during the years of 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 have the rabbit animal sign. Supposedly, financial success is expected to present itself more easily this year—who wouldn’t like the sound of that?!
The route kicks off at 1 p.m. starting from Mott & Canal Streets and ending at Grand Street near the Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
Thousands of spectators are invited to take in the stunning visuals and impressive performers during this special celebration at no cost. Pro Tip: head out early to get a front row viewing spot!
There will be plenty of vendors and food available for purchase along the parade route, the hardest part will simply be choosing which delicious place to stop in! Or plan ahead with 13 of the tastiest Chinese restaurants in the city
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The New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival will also return before the parade on January 22, 2023 (the day of Lunar New Year). See traditional dances and pyrotechnics all happening on Grand Street at Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
Lunar New Year Parade Date: February 12th, 2023 at 1 p.m.
Where: The parade route begins on Mott Street and Canal Street, ending on Grand Street