Chinatown Rings in the Year of the Dragon

A dragon at the Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown

A dragon at the Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown.

It’s the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese calendar and on January 29, the annual Lunar New Year parade organized by the Better Chinatown Society took place in Manhattan’s Chinatown. The event was packed with thousands of New Yorkers and visitors ringing in the year of 4710. The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar and is traditionally celebrated for two weeks. Reporter Larry Tung attended the parade in Chinatown and captured it in the following audio slideshow. Plus, listen to our Year of the Dragon Special Podcast – The Best Regional Chinese Restaurants in Flushing.

“Gong Shi Fa Tsai!”

That’s the standard New Year greeting in Mandarin. It means “best wishes and prosperity.”

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