Log In


Reset Password
  • MENU
    State
    Wednesday, April 17, 2024

    Dragons and dancers parade through Manhattan's Chinatown for Lunar New Year

    Revelers gather to attend the parade for the Chinese New Year "The Dragon" in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dragons took a starring role at the Lunar New Year parade in Manhattan’s historic Chinatown on Sunday — it’s the Year of the Dragon, after all — as hundreds of revelers filled the cold clear air with the sound of drums, cymbals and puffs of confetti.

    Lions and red lanterns were interspersed with around a dozen groups displaying traditional dragon puppets, which stretched up to 65 feet long, in interconnected segments held by up to 11 people walking beneath.

    Two people also held up a giant golden picture frame with the Chinese character for “Dragon” on a red background.

    Other staples of the parade included waves of red lanterns, a file of classic cars, as well as formations by local civic organizations, businesses, New York City agencies, and politicians. Many marchers yelled “Happy New Year” in English, mixing in traditional greetings in Mandarin and Cantonese wishing financial prosperity.

    Asian communities across the world started ringing in the Lunar New Year on Feb 10, celebrating the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac. Fireworks, parades and other Lunar New Year rituals are centered around removing bad luck and welcoming prosperity.

    In New York, there have already been major celebrations in larger Chinese immigrant enclaves in Queens and Brooklyn. While the symbolic new lunar cycle ended earlier this week with the full moon, Manhattan's parade was scheduled for the weekend.

    Revelers take part during the Chinese New Year "The Dragon" parade in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
    Revelers gather to attend the parade for the Chinese New Year "The Dragon" in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
    Revelers take part during the Chinese New Year "The Dragon" parade in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
    A reveler gets ready to take part during the Chinese New Year "The Dragon" parade in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
    Revelers take part during the Chinese New Year "The Dragon" parade in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
    A reveler attends the Chinese New Year "The Dragon" parade in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
    Revelers get ready to attend the parade for the Chinese New Year "The Dragon" in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

    Comment threads are monitored for 48 hours after publication and then closed.