Who doesn’t love parades, festivals, and dragons?! So if you’re in NYC, come down to Chinatown to see the dragons and lion dances, hear the beating drums and clashing china cymbals, and eat some great chinese food! Details after the jump!
Though Chinese New Year was on Monday, January 23rd, the Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival will be taking place on Sunday, January 29th starting at 11 a.m. So that means it’s not too late to attend the festivities!
One of the defining acts of Chinese New Year is the lion dance, commonly mistaken as the dragon dance. It requires two performers in which one holds the lion head over his/her own while the other holds the back end and they do a traditional dance representing the movements of a lion. On Chinese New Year, these lions enter restaurants and stores to “scare away the demons” and bring good fortune.
The lions are also always accompanied by music – drums, cymbals, and gongs. It’s a riot!
And if the dancing and music is not enough of a feast for your eyes and ears, come to chinatown and feast on some great chinese food cause who doesn’t love chinese food?
Don’t forget to bring your camera(s)! And why not try some redscale – RED is the Chinese lucky color!
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 4 pm, Sunday, January 29, 2012
Place: Canal Street South
For more details on this event, check this website.