Chicago Chinese New Year 2013

Celebrated with a colorful and loud parade full of fantastic floats, lion dancing, Chinese acrobats, and fun competitions, the Chinese New Year in Chicago is a thrilling event and exciting way to learn about Chinese culture. A free neighborhood parade that takes place in Chicago’s Chinatown district on Sunday, February 17, Chinese New Year celebrates the beginning of the lunar year, which for 2013 is the year of the black water snake. Beginning around 1PM at 24th and Wentworth Avenue and heading up Cermak Road, this fun, family-friendly parade is a bright and colorful way to chase away the winter blues. You’ll find multicolored dragon floats, numerous cultural dances, and ceremonial gift exchanges, all designed to keep the good luck flowing in the year ahead. Also called the Chinese Spring Festival, the Chinese New Year celebration in Chicago also features discounts at local Chinese restaurants and other cultural events. Street parking at the Chinese New Year parade in Chicago is extremely limited, and it is advised to take public transportation to this vibrant event. You’ll find that the Red Line Train runs straight through Chinatown; get off at the Cermak-Chinatown stop. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera and sunglasses to this free outdoor event. Gung Hei Fat Choy! (Happy New Year!)

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