The Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the spring and the rebirth of the Earth. New York City celebrates the Chinese 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.
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