Celebrate Lunar New Year in Chinatown This Weekend!

Year of the Monkey: Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown.

It’s a big celebratory weekend in Chinatown.

The Lunar New Year Parade kicks off on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Mott and Canal streets. As usual, lion dancers, floats, performers and many neighborhood groups will weave their way through the historic streets of Chinatown, winding up in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Click here to check out the route.

There’s also “Super Saturday” lion dances. From noon to 6 p.m., you can catch spontaneous performances on the streets of Chinatown. Just wander around on Mott Street, Elizabeth Street, Hester Street and Pell Street and you’re sure to catch them in the act.

On Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., join Think! Chinatown and resident artist Yao Xiao as she parades her lantern down Mott Street on the way to the bamboo garden at 5 Essex St. where she’ll showcase the lantern as part of her exhibition, “Instantaneous Freedom.”  The Lantern Festival Celebration begins at 4 p.m.