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Lunar New Year 2024: Dragons Parade Through Manhattan’s Chinatown To Mark Celebrations

The Lunar New Year, marking the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac, began its global celebrations on February 10.

Aanchal Sharma

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Lunar New Year 2024: Dragons Parade Through Manhattan's Chinatown To Mark Celebrations
A picture from New York's Chinese New Year celebrations. (Image: AP)

MANHATTAN’s historic Chinatown came alive on Sunday with the vibrant spectacle of dragons and dancers parading through the streets to celebrate the Lunar New Year. In homage to the Year of the Dragon, revelers numbering in the hundreds filled the crisp air with the rhythmic beats of drums, clashing cymbals, and bursts of confetti.

The parade featured a captivating display of traditional dragon puppets, some extending up to 65 feet (20 meters) in length. These intricate puppets, comprised of interconnected segments, were skillfully maneuvered by groups of up to 11 people walking beneath them. Additionally, two individuals proudly carried a massive golden picture frame adorned with the Chinese character for “Dragon” against a vibrant red background.

Among the parade’s highlights were the presence of lions, red lanterns, classic cars in procession, and various formations presented by local civic organizations, businesses, New York City agencies, and politicians. Participants enthusiastically shouted greetings of “Happy New Year” in English, seamlessly intertwining traditional well-wishes in Mandarin and Cantonese, emphasizing hopes for financial prosperity.

The Lunar New Year, marking the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac, began its global celebrations on February 10. Traditional festivities, including fireworks, parades, and rituals aimed at dispelling bad luck and ushering in prosperity, unfolded across Asian communities worldwide. While larger Chinese immigrant enclaves in Queens and Brooklyn in New York already witnessed significant celebrations, Manhattan’s parade, scheduled for the weekend, added its unique flair to the city’s festive atmosphere.

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