New York City's Chinatown is the epicenter of the Lunar New Year celebrations with the fantastic Parade and Festival and the New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony.
These two events have been for years the iconic NYC traditional celebrations for the Spring Festival.
More recently we have seen the development of a series of exciting arts and cultural events pioneered by
the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in association with the U.S.-China Cultural Institute and other community organizations, which has given
way to the "Happy Chinese New Year: Fantastic Art China Festival", featuring a lavish fireworks display over the Hudson River as well as the New York Philharmonic Chinese New Year Concert and Gala and many more activities for children which are now able to participate since Chinese New Year is a public school holiday in the city!
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New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival
Those unmistakable sounds and smells as firecrackers explode in a flurry of confetti, sparks and bangs heralding the auspicious start of a new year as all the bad spirits are ushered away... In New York, it is celebrated in grand style, the annual New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony is a lively and colorful event, packed with well-wishers, dragons, drummers, lion dancers...
...And of course the main attraction, the firecrackers which kick-off at 12:00 noon...
New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony 2020
When: Tuesday, January 25, 2020 - 11:00 am to 3:30 pm, Firecracker kick-off at 12:00 noon
Where: Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Grand & Chrystie St.)
Annual New York City Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
By far the most popular winter event in Chinatown, the annual Lunar New Year Parade and Festival is a great family attraction with thousands of revelers coming to ring in the New Year.
Troupes of acrobats, dancers, stilt walkers, performers, marching bands, floats, and of course lion dancers and dragons weave through the jam-packed streets...
The parade is a fantastic time for the entire family, so bundle up and come out!
NYC Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade 2020
When: Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 12:00 noon to 4:30 pm. Parade kick-off at 1:00 pm
Where: Manhattan Chinatown
Parade route: Parade assembles on Mott and Hester and kicks off at 1:00 pm heading south towards Canal St. to Chatham Square, heads up to East Broadway towards the Manhattan Bridge, completing on Eldridge and Forsyth Streets towards Grand Street next to Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
Suggested viewing locations: East Broadway or by Grand Street / Sara Roosevelt Park.
A Chinese celebration isn't a celebration without a lavish display of fireworks... and NYC rises to the occasion with a dazzling show over the Hudson River as splashes of light inundate the city and the Empire State Building beams red and gold, the auspicious colors for a lucky New Year.
NYC Chinese New Year Fireworks 2020
Where: Over the Hudson River. Hudson River Pier 84, 12th Ave & 44th St
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