Inaugurate the new Chinese Lunar New with weeklong celebrations throughout Chinatown. Begin by warding off evil spirits with cultural performances, singing, and dancing at the Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival in Sara D. Roosevelt Park on Sunday, February 14th from 11am until 3pm. Performers will also appear on Mott, Bayard, Elizabeth, and Pell Streets, as well as East Broadway and the Bowery.
During the week, explore Chinese culture at the China Institute where special programs teach you how to make dumplings, lion masks, and lanterns. Sit down to traditional storytelling or head over to the Museum of Chinese in America for a walking tour of Chinatown's history and culture (on February 13 and 20 at 1pm).
On February 21, line up for the main event, the 11th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival. Over 5000 participants will march this year, including dancers in lion and dragon costume, musicians, magicians, and acrobats, accompanied by the usual fanfare of floats and bands. The parade begins at 11:30am and runs until 3pm, marching down nearly every street in Chinatown. Find a prime spot on East Broadway, Mott, Canal, or Bayard Streets. The parade ends at Bayard with outdoor cultural festivities enlivened by martial artists, dancers, and musicians.