Hong Kong Cinema

Chinese New Year Parade 2005

Feb 13th 2005, Chinatown, New York

I took a plane over to New York during February and along with the usual tourist attractions I had the fortune of catching the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown on Feb 13th 2005. It was a superb event and a real highlight for the trip.


This was the 6th Annual Parade to be held in New York and over 5,000 people marched in the parade. It ran throughout the afternoon, beginning in Mott Street and going through most of Chinatonwn.


Among the most impressive sections of the parade were the Lion and Dragon dancers. It was great to see how much effort everyone put into the occasion. The only shame was that there were no firecrackers since Mayor Giuliani banned them in 1997!


The Year of the Rooster began on Feb 9th 2005 according to the Chinese Zodiac (there is a 12 year cycle for each sign). Those born under this sign are predicted the following:

"The Rooster is a hard worker; shrewd and definite in decision making often speaking his mind. Because of this, they tend to seem boastful to others. They are dreamers, flashy dressers, and extravagant to an extreme. Born under this sign they should be happy as a restaurant owner, publicist, soldier or world traveler."