Chinese New Year Celebrations New York City 2015
The Chinese New Year is determined every year based on the lunar calendar, so the dates that it falls on varies from year to year, though it is usually between Mid-January and Mid-February every year. New York City has a large Asian population and the New Year is celebrated with a lot of fanfare including a parade, cultural festival and fireworks. This year, the New Year falls on February 19th and thye parade will take place on February 22nd, 2015.
Chinese Lunar New Year Parade & Cultural Festival 2015
The event is celebrated over a two week period, but there are two main events that visitors to NYC would be interested in. There is a Cultural Festival and Firework Ceremony on the actual New Year Day and a big parade on the Sunday following the New Year.
Chinese New Year 2015 – Year of the Goat
2015 is the Year of the Goat. People who are born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027… etc are considered to be represented by the goat as per Chinese astrology.
Cultural Festival and Firecracker Ceremony
A large stage will feature all-day cultural performances by traditional and contemporary Asian-American singers and dancers. Plus, a dozen lion, dragon and unicorn dance troupes will march through Chinatown’s main streets, including Mott Street, the Bowery, East Broadway, Bayard Street, Elizabeth Street and Pell Street.
Nearly 600,000 firecrackers will be detonated with the intention to ward off evil spirits.
Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade
The parade features elaborate floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dances galore, Asian musicians, magicians, acrobats and procession by local organizations. Over 5,000 people are expected to march in the parade, which will start at Mott Street and promenade through practically every street in of Chinatown, finally dispersing at Worth Street. The parade is expected to conclude at 3 pm, at which time an outdoor cultural festival will take place on Bayard Street featuring more performances by musicians, dancers and martial artists.
Location and Hours
Firecracker Ceremony – February 19, 2015
Location: Sara D. Roosevelt Park. (Grand Street between Chrystie Street and Forsyth Street.)
Chinatown New Year Parade – February 22, 2015
Location: Begins at Canal Street & Mott Street, to Chatham Square at East Broadway, down East Broadway under the Manhattan Bridge, proceeding down Eldridge Street to Grand Street at Forsyth Street, ending at Sara D Roosevelt Park.