Happy Lunar New Year!

chinatown lunar new year

It’s going to be a big week in Chinatown. Lunar New Year celebrations get underway tomorrow, Tuesday, with the 20th Annual Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, at Grand St.

Public schools will, of course, be closed tomorrow for the holiday.

The most high profile celebration for the Year of the Pig is a ways off. The annual Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown takes place Sunday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m. The route begins at Mott and Canal streets and winds through the neighborhood, ending up in Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

And on Feb. 16 (Super Saturday), many lion dance teams representing neighborhood groups will be parading through Chinatown throughout the day. This is probably your best bet if you’re looking to take in the local flavor of the Lunar New Year holiday.