Lunar New Year Festival

It's my first Lunar festival in New York! (and really the first one I am actually celebrating, thanks to a very dear friend of mine.)  If the existence of Chinatown was not an indicator, there is a large Chinese population in this city.  This means that this weekend, marking the start of the year of the snake, will not go without some sort of festivities.  I don't know what I am doing yet, but here are some great options for those of you who live in the city.

Source: Global Times

This sunday at 11am in Roosevelt Park the Spring Festival kicks off with a firecracker ceremony and a cultural festival.  This description comes from International Business Times:
The ceremony is intended to ward off evil spirits and will feature traditional dancers, singers and folk artists. A dozen lion, unicorn and dragon dance troops will march down Chinatown’s main streets throughout the celebration.
 While you're down in Chinatown, stop for some pork soup dumplings and steamed vegetable dumplings at my go-to restaurant, Nice Green Bo.  Afterwards you only have to cross the street to find The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory where ice cream comes in flavors like green tea, red bean, and black sesame.

But, f you don't have time to celebrate the New Year this weekend, don't worry!  There are more events planned for next weekend.

Saturday the 16th is when Flushings, Queens has decided to celebrate their 17th Annual Spring Festival with an elaborate parade starting at 11am and ending with a night full of fireworks.  Best viewing location is supposedly on Main Street.

If Flushings is just too far away for you to trek, sunday, February 17th, is the 14th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival.  The parade starts at 1:00 at the intersection of Mott and Hester.  According to this website
"The spectacle 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 Broome/Forsyth. The parade is expected to conclude at 3 pm, at which time an outdoor cultural festival will take place in Sara D. Roosevelt Park featuring more performances by musicians, dancers and martial artists."


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I'm Madysen, born and raised in Nebraska but now living out my dreams in New York City. I moved here to go to Columbia, but living in New York has become so much more to me. This blog is a space where I can share my experiences of reconciling my midwestern upbringing with the life I live in the city. But even bigger than that, this blog serves as a space where I can try to understand where I fit into the larger social world, where I want to go in life, and how I want to go about pursuing all of these endeavors.

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