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!)

Prepping For the Lunar New Year Parade


Preparations are nearly finished on Mott Street, as the start of Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Parade approaches! Happy Year of the Dragon.


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.

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.”