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The Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & New Year’s Day Firecracker Ceremony was founded in 2000 to provide New York’s Chinese American community with a large scale celebration on par with those in San Francisco and Los Angeles. In recent years, the event has grown into a New York City-wide affair and New York’s biggest winter tourist attraction, luring thousands of visitors from all over the United States and the world. With the dog parade 2 years ago and last years Daily News Pig race, 15 colorful floats, 20 antique cars, 500 cultural performers participating making the parade more exciting. Last year, a record 500,000 spectators flooded the streets of Chinatown to welcome the year of the Pig. A truly pan-Asian spectacle, the Parade features cultural performers and organizations from all across Asia, including China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. This year will include Hispanic dancers, bands and cultural floats.


Lunar New Year Parade & New Year's Firecracker Ceremony

The 2008 Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & New Year’s Day Firecracker Ceremony will be incorporating a special theme into its programs. The inaugural theme is “Chinatown, New York City,” which serves to emphasize the vital role that Chinatown plays in the diversity, culture and economy of the city.

The Chinatown community was greatly impacted by the events of September 11th and it is still in the process of recovery. The organizers plan to leverage the attention that the events receive to help promote Chinatown to an international audience.

The Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony is comprised of the following events:


New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival


Date: Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Time: 11 AM - 3PM

Location: Chatham Square (Intersection: Bowery / Mott and East Broadway)



The 9th Lunar New Year Parade & Festival 2008


Date: Sunday, February 10. 2008

Time: 1PM – 5PM

Location: Major streets of Chinatown (Mott, Canal, Bowery, East Broadway, Chatham Square, Forsyth, Allen, Grand, and Chrystie Streets)


Other events Planned

  • Lunar New Year Eve Dinner – Friday Feb. 8th 2008 Grand Harmony Restaurant, 98 Mott St. NYC
  • Cultural Show – Feb.9, 2008
  • Lunar New Year Special Journal – 10,000 copies will be distributed to Asian American Community Organizations, businesses and NYC & Co members’ outlet
  • Lunar New Year Award Dinner April 2008

Major Sponsor's logos will be displayed prominently at all these events