Manhattan’s Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade is back to usher in the Year of the Dragon, a significant year in the Chinese zodiac. In Chinese astrology, each year is linked to one of the twelve zodiac animals and one of the five elements. In 2024, we celebrate the Year of the Wood Dragon, combining the Dragon sign with the Wood element, symbolizing qualities like growth, adaptability, and generosity. The Wood Dragon is associated with strong principles, creativity, and a compassionate nature.
The Lunar New Year falls on February 10, 2024, but the parade and celebrations take place on February 25, 2024, featuring the Chinese New Year Parade, the Firecracker Ceremony, and the Cultural Festival, all of which are open to the public at no cost.
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When is the Chinese New Year Parade?
This year the Chinese New Year Parade in NYC will start at 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 25, 2024. It will happen for the 26th time in New York.
What is the route of the parade?
The parade commences its route from Mott & Canal, proceeding through Chatham Square and East Broadway, heading towards the Manhattan Bridge. It concludes its journey at Eldridge and Forsyth Streets, close to Grand Street, near Sara D. Roosevelt Park in Manhattan.