More Pics From Chinese New Year Celebrations

Lion Dancing 2012. Photo by Florence Eng

Thanks to Florence Eng for sending us these photos from the Lion Dance activities that took place the day before the big parade. She writes: I love the publicity (the float parade on Sunday) receives but the lion dancing on Saturday received zero coverage.  It is a much more family friendly, fun event…We get invited by all the storefronts to come into the stores and “bless” it with good fortune by lion dancing and scaring away the bad spirits.  

More Gorgeous Photos From Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Parade

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These lovely photos are courtesy of local photographer and designer Stephen Spera. (click through for more!)

Scenes From Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Parade

2012 Lunar New Year Parade, Chinatown. Photo by

According to the Better Chinatown Society, the event sponsor, yesterday’s Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown drew more than 400,000 spectators. We took in the sights and sounds along Mott Street, just barely surviving the press section mosh pit at the start of the route on Hester. Gearing up for a hotly contested mayoral campaign, this year’s parade created some interesting photo opportunities for local pols. Maybe we’ll get into that sometime in the future. For the moment, let’s relive the good times!

A Guide to Welcoming in the Year of the Dragon

The annual parade returns Sunday, Jan. 29; there are lots of other interesting events to celebrate the Year of the Dragon between now and then. 2011 file photo by Stephen Spera

The Year of the Dragon officially begins on Monday, Jan. 23, and the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration begins this weekend around Chinatown and the Lower East Side. We’ve collected a list of local events below; if we missed any, send us a heads-up at In the meantime, Christina of Chinatown has a to-do list of preparations; they include “get a haircut.”