The Chinese New Year kicked off in January, but the celebration for the year of the rabbit is happening on February 12th, right here in New York City. Make plans to experience the Chinese New Year Parade this year! It's going to be chock-full of fun and festivities as the Parade celebrates its 15th anniversary of this iconic tradition.
The Official Parade Details
The official Chinese New Year Parade and annual Festival are on Sunday, February 12th, 2023. The Parade begins promptly at 1:00 PM and marks the 25th anniversary of this iconic tradition. This year’s celebration will feature all the parade favorites you love, too. There will be brilliant floats and entertaining lion dancers. Local school groups and marching bands will participate in full costume, as well. There will also be stilt walkers, amazing Chinese acrobats, and, yes, the Golden Dragon. Bring your camera and the whole family to experience this Parade in-person!
Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit
Each Chinese New Year welcomes a new spirit animal as its symbol. This year is the year of the rabbit. The rabbit is the fourth in the lineup of Chinese zodiac animal interpretations, and it's also considered to be the luckiest of all 12 animals. Those born in the year of the rabbit are said to be peaceful and calm. And the rabbit also symbolizes mercy, beauty, and elegance in Chinese culture.
Where to Go to Watch the Parade
The Lunar New Year Parade will proceed down Mott and Canal Streets into Chatham Square. It will then head to East Broadway, toward the Manhattan Bridge, and end on Eldridge and Forsyth Streets, next to Roosevelt Park. For more information about the parade route and festivities, visit betterchinatown.com.
Other Local Festivities to Enjoy
In addition to the Parade itself, New York City comes alive with a host of other Chinese New Year-related events and festivities. Start exploring all the best in Chinese food, culture, and fun!
- Lunar Dinner Series
- ‘This Is Home’ Photo Exhibition
- MOCA Fest
- Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Hudson Yards
- Long Island City’s Lunar New Year Celebration
- Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Performance in Queens
Help celebrate the Chinese New Year and experience the legendary annual Parade in New York City! It's a family-friendly event, and there's no shortage of things to do and ways to celebrate this iconic cultural holiday. And for all other event planning ideas you have, let the EMRG Media team be your guide!