The Chinese Near Year Parade marks the biggest annual celebration in Boston's Chinatown. With troops of colorful lion dancers, drums and cymbals, firecrackers, and great food, this is a special event you won't want to miss!
In China, this celebration begins on the first day of the first month in the lunar calendar traditionally used in much of Asia. It is sometimes called the Lunar New Year.
The celebration is called the Spring Festival in China because it marks the beginning of warmer weather.
Unfortunately, here in Boston, spring is still a few weeks - or maybe a couple of months - in the future when the parade takes place.
If you look closely at many of the photos on this page, you'll see snow on the ground and snowflakes in the air, as a fierce storm with high wind and frigid temperatures lashed the city while the parade took place.The annual Chinese New Year Parade provides a lot of fun as well as the best opportunity to see traditional Lion Dances performed in Boston's Chinatown, the third largest in the U.S.
Lion Dances are believed to drive away evil spirits and bring good luck - so they're the perfect way to start the New Year.