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Year of the Dog: Time to Celebrate Lunar New Year in Chinatown

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Chinatown is about to come alive with the sights and sounds of Lunar New Year 2018. The Year of the Dog begins on Friday, Feb. 16. Here are a few events to look for in the coming days.

On Friday morning from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., it’s the 19th annual Firecracker & Cultural Festival in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The show takes place in the athletic courts at Grand Street, between Forsyth and Chrystie streets.

This year’s Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown happens on Sunday, Feb. 25. The launch point is Mott Street at Canal Street. The floats will go down East Broadway, winding up at Eldridge and Forsyth streets. Both of these events are sponsored, as usual, by Better Chinatown USA.

One day earlier, on Feb. 24, you might want to take a walk through Chinatown, maybe on your way to get some dim sum. Starting at around 11 a.m., there will be lion dance performances sponsored by many different neighborhood groups.

On Saturday, Feb. 17, the Museum of Chinese in America will be hosting its Lunar New Year Family Festival. Take a look at the lineup here.

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