Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade 2014

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Gung hay fat choi! Chinese New Year is right around the corner, and with it comes Vancouver’s annual Chinese New Year Parade. Come down to Chinatown on Sunday, February 2nd to celebrate and watch the parade.

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Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade 2014

Year of the Dragon: Hot & Noisy Affair at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden this Sunday, January 29

This Sunday, January 29, is packed with Chinese New Year events. Along with the annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade & Cultural Fair, Chinatown’s beloved Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden is hosting a special, by donation event: the Year of the Dragon Temple Fair: A Hot & Noisy Affair.

The Year of the Dragon Temple Fair: A Hot & Noisy Affair is an all-day celebration based on the temple fairs of old. The “Hot & Noisy” appellation is comes from the Chinese word “Re Nao,” often used to describe the “hustle and bustle” of crowds on the street; for this temple fair, it denotes a mixture of traditional cultural activities, ranging from games and live music to a multi-media tea ceremony.

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Year of the Dragon: Hot & Noisy Affair at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden this Sunday, January 29

Catch Chinatown Stories at Vancouver Public Library Jan. 11

Come out to the Central Library January 11, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, to hear groundbreaking histories of forgotten Chinatowns, and stories about growing up Chinese Canadian in Vancouver and the surrounding suburbs.

The authors of The Gold Mountain Stories, a series published by UBC and the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia (CCHSBC), will be on hand to read aloud from their work. Expect entertainment and education by master storytellers.

Larry Wong, author of Dim Sum Stories: A Chinatown Childhood will share his experiences growing up in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Independent scholar Chad Reimer will chat about investigating arson in Chilliwack’s Chinatowns. Chinatown Stories is a timely opportunity to learn more about Van’s Chinatown before Chinese New Year January 23. Find out more about the authors after the jump. Continue reading:
Catch Chinatown Stories at Vancouver Public Library Jan. 11

Free Year of the Rabbit Celebration at Vancouver Chinatown’s International Village February 4 – 6, 2011

The Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade 2011 happens this Sunday, February 6, but there’s more free fun to be had throughout the weekend at the Year of the Rabbit Celebration at Chinatown’s International Village from Friday, February 4 – Sunday, February 6.

The New Year celebrations at the International Village—a shopping plaza located at 88 West Pender Street, near the SkyTrain Stadium / Chinatown Station—are an annual event and one of the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations in Greater Vancouver, attracting 150,000 people each year. What distinguishes this event from other celebrations is the focus on multiculturalism: at the Year of the Rabbit Celebration, you’ll see distinct and unique cultural new year traditions from Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand, as well as traditional Chinese events.

The three-day celebration is packed with live entertainment—ranging from tap dancing from the Vancouver Tap Dance Society to belly dance, singing, and Tae Kwan Do demonstrations—as well as games and activities for kids in the Kids Corner on Level 2. Find a complete list of performers here.

The Free Year of the Rabbit Celebration at the International Village runs February 4 – 6, 2011.

If you want to keep celebrating Chinese New Year after the weekend, check out Richmond’s 13 Days of Chinese New Year with cultural activities happening every day through February 13, 2011.

February 2011 in Vancouver: Things to do

So much fun stuff is happening in Vancouver during the month of February! Here’s a list to pick and choose from:

Feb 2 –  The Flame: Storytelling at the Cottage Bistro on Main St. Starts at 7 p.m. Cost is by donation.

Feb 3 – Green Couch Sessions Party: Showcasing some of the featured musicians on Green Couch Sessions. Show starts at 8pm at The Cobalt on Main St. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Feb 3 – There will be a free screening of the new Vincent Moon + Efterklang film at W2 Storyeum in downtown from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Seating is limited.

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February 2011 in Vancouver: Things to do

Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade 2011 on February 6, 2011

Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade

Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown hosts several free Chinese New Year celebrations every year, the most famous of which is the annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade.

Attended by over 50,000 spectators, the Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade features the largest assembly of traditional lion dance teams in Canada, as well as multicultural dance troupes, the Vancouver Police Department Motorcycle Drill Team, marching bands and more. The Parade winds its way through the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, starting at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street; it then proceeds east along Pender Street, turns south onto Gore Street, west onto Keefer Street, and ends at Keefer and Columbia. Download a map of the 2011 Parade route here.

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Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade 2011 on February 6, 2011

Vancouver Gung Haggis Fat Choy Chinese New Year Dinner January 30, 2011

One of the things I love about late-January / early February in Vancouver is the multiculturalism on display around the Chinese New Year. There are the traditional celebrations, including the Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade followed by the 2011 Year Of Rabbit Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival in Chinatown. And then there are the non-traditional celebrations, the cultural-fusion events that are uniquely Vancouver, like the CIBC 2011 LunarFest and the Gung Haggis Fat Choy Chinese New Year Dinner.

The annual Gung Haggis Fat Choy Chinese New Year Dinner may be the oddest cultural-fusion event on the Vancouver calendar: It combines Chinese New Year (on February 3, 2011) with the birthday of Scotland’s “national poet” Robbie Burns (January 25).

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Vancouver Gung Haggis Fat Choy Chinese New Year Dinner January 30, 2011