Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, Chinatown

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, Chinatown

Prior to the afternoon parade, the floats lined up on Mott Street.

The Chinese Year of the Dragon began Monday, January 23, 2012. The new year is 4710. Today marked the 13th anniversary of the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade, which has become increasingly popular each year, so that now the streets are thronged with celebrants and observers. Here are some photos from this year's parade.

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, Chinatown

Poppers were for sale on every corner ...

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, Chinatown

... leaving sparkles and confetti on every surface.

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, Chinatown

Frighteningly, one float featured clowns.

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, Chinatown

There were dragon heads aplenty.

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, Chinatown

Mott Street was a sea of red -- an auspicious color.

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, Chinatown

Spectators vied for the best view along Canal Street.

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, Chinatown

The "creamy ham, chicken, and corn spaghetti" I ate for lunch at Coluck.

Coluck 16 Elizabeth Street 212-732-6322

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