Chinatown Welcomes Year of the Dragon With Firecracker Ceremony

It was a dramatic scene in Sara D. Roosevelt Park earlier today, as community leaders and residents ushered in the Year of the Dragon. The event kicked off a series of festivities in celebration of the Lunar Chinese New Year.  The annual Firecracker Ceremony drew a big crowd in spite of the soggy weather.

Both this event and this coming Sunday’s parade are sponsored by the Better Chinatown Society. See a lot more photos and video after the jump.