Before you know it, the streets of Chinatown will be coming alive with the sights and sounds of the Lunar New Year. Here are some events to add to your calendar.
On Sunday, Feb. 5, the Better Chinatown Society will be celebrating the Year of the Rooster with its 18th annual Lunar New Year Parade. The parade launches at 1 p.m. from Mott Street (near Hester Street) and snakes through the neighborhood before ending up at Sara D. Roosevelt Park. You can stay up to date on parade details here.
On Saturday, Jan. 28 the Better Chinatown Society will be putting on its Firecracker Ceremony in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. They’ll start setting off the fire crackers at noon. the ceremony takes place in the playing courts at Grand Street. If you can find a spot, elbow yourself in among the crowds lined up on Forsyth or Chrystie streets for the best view.
On Saturday, Feb. 11, Museum of Chinese in America is hosting its Lunar New Year Family Festival. There will be a lion dance, of course, arts & crafts, storytelling and food. The event goes from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and costs $12. More info on MOCA’s website.