Chinese Lunar New Years Day NYC | Chinatown Firecrackers, Festivals and Parades
Lunar Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the spring and the rebirth of the Earth and 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit. New York City celebrates the Lunar New Year with a Firecracker Ceremony, Cultural Festival, as well as a New Year Parade followed by another Festival. After the firecrackers, a traditional Lunar New Year practice believed to scare away evil spirits, join the opening ceremonies, a dozen Lion, Dragon and Unicorn dance troupes marching down the main streets of Chinatown. On Sunday, watch a colorful spectacle featuring floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, antique cars, beauty queens, Asian musical performers, magicians and acrobats, and local organizations. The dates this year are January 22, 2023 and February 12, 2023.