Chinatown Goes Whole Hog for Year of the Pig

Posted on: February 5th, 2019 at 5:06 am by

Firecracker Ceremony, January 2017

Time to ring in the Year of the Pig! Today marks the 20th year of New York’s Lunar New Year festival, and no doubt the organizers are going whole hog with the celebrations.

As in years past, the festivities will kick off with the Firecracker Ceremony later this morning at 11am, at Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Grand Street between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets), and will wrap up with the annual parade on Sunday, February 17 at noon. Cultural booths will be set up to check out after both events.

Parade route is as follows (make sure to find a viewing spot early!):

Mott & Canal to Chatham Square to East Broadway towards the Manhattan Bridge, completing on Eldridge and Forsyth Streets towards Grand Street next to Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

Head over to Better Chinatown Society for more details on the celebration.

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