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Chinatown Parade Rings in the Year of the Rabbit

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade

Chinese Lunar New Year 4709 Parade in New York City. (Photo: Larry Tung)

According to the Chinese calendar, February 3 is the first day of the Chinese Lunar Year 4709.  Last weekend, a spectacular parade in the heart of Chinatown kicked off the 2-week celebrations of the Year of the Rabbit. Thousands of New Yorkers and visitors packed the sidewalks of the main shopping and restaurant area on Mott Street. Watch Larry Tung’s audio slideshow to see a glimpse of one of the most colorful parades in New York City.

Photographs by Oates Ritthichai.

AboutLarry Tung
A native of Taiwan, Larry Tung was a political reporter for the English-language Taiwan News before moving to New York in 2000. Upon receiving his M.F.A. in Television Production from Brooklyn College, he has been a journalist, an independent documentary filmmaker and an educator. His films have been shown in numerous film festivals in North America and Europe. Currently he writes a column on immigrant communities in New York City for the Online Journalism Award-winning Gotham Gazette. He also teaches video production at Kean University in Union, New Jersey.