Major U.S. cities prepare for lavish celebrations to usher in the Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of the snake, many of the planned events being the largest in the world outside China.
Los Angeles is hosting on February 16, the 114th Annual Golden Dragon Parade in Chinatown, with 20 floats, marching bands, government officials, lion dancing and thousands of cheering spectators.
San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade, this year on February 23rd, is the highlight of Chinatown, and is one of the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia.
Las Vegas hosts its annual Spring Festival, February 8-10, with watch dragon/lion dances, martial arts, music and dance performances, a fashion show and a beauty pageant.
Seattle celebrates on February 9 the Chinese Lunar New Year with martial arts, drumming performances and dance teams. Participants are invited to various booths to learn how to write calligraphy, fold booths, make a lantern.
Boston’s Chinatown, the third largest Chinatown in the U.S. is hosting the Chinese Lion Dance Parade on February 17, with a parade for lion dancing performed by local martial arts groups and performances by other dance and musical teams.
New York hosts its Chinatown Lunar New Year parade on February 17, with half a million attendees expected – antique cars, beauty queens, magicians, acrobats and musical performances.