Chinese New Year in NYC - Firecrackers, Parades, & Street PerformersCelebrate the Chinese New Year in NYC!
Few places in the world celebrate the Lunar New Year as passionately as New York City. Annual Chinese New Year festivities in NYC span a full 4 days of FREE events, from good-luck firecrackers and dragons dancing down the street, to handmade crafts and mouthwatering cuisine. Throughout Chinatown and the Lower East Side, the streets of Manhattan transform into a round-the-clock party aimed at starting the New Year off with a BANG!
The Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival
Thursday, February 19th
Sara D. Roosevelt Park
Grand Street, between Chrystie & Forsyth
Officially the first day of the 4,712th Chinese Year, February 19th marks the start of the Year of the Goat (Sheep). The day's festivities kickoff at 11am, with over 500,000 celebratory firecrackers blasting away evil spirits in Sara D. Roosevelt Park at 12 noon. Traditional music and dancing fill the air, as attendees are encouraged to eat their fill in dumplings. According to custom, the more you eat, the wealthier you'll become over the year.
Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade
Sunday, February 22nd
Canal Street & Mott
Capping-off the 4-day party is perhaps the most iconic parade to fill the streets of Manhattan all year. The Lunar New Year Parade cheerfully winds through the streets of Chinatown and Little Italy, as ornate dragon dancers weave past hundreds of thousands of spectators. Magnificent floats, martial artists, magicians, acrobats, marching bands, and traditional musicians color the procession as it culminates at Sara D. Roosevelt Park for one last celebration before nightfall.