Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo: Andre Blanchard

 

Happy Chinese and Lunar New Year!  Don’t miss out on the celebrations and festivals around Metro Vancouver this weekend.  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday…
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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Chinese New Year | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo credit: Andre Blanchard | Inside Vancouver Flickr pool

Celebrate the lunar calendar with Chinese New Year (January 31-February 15), the last of Dine Out Vancouver Festival, Romeo + Juliet, hot chocolate and more!  Check out this special edition of our top picks for events happening around Metro Vancouver this Thursday through Sunday!

 

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

40th Annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade – February 17

Photo credit: Flickr user scazon

Photo credit: Flickr user scazon

Chinese New Year falls on Sunday, February 10 this year. But Vancouver has to wait until Sunday, February 17 for the Chinese New Year Parade – the ultimate Chinese New Year event – to celebrate the start of the Year of the Snake.

As you probably know, Chinese New Year (a.k.a. Lunar New Year or Spring Festival) is one of the most significant traditional Chinese holidays and it gets a heck of a party going in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown – the third largest Chinatown in all of North America.

Over 3,000 people participate in the parade, creating a seriously vibrant spectacle. The parade boasts the largest assembly of traditional lion dance teams in Canada, Chinese Canadian dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts experts, the Vancouver Police Department motorcycle drill team and various other multicultural and community groups. Some 50,000 Vancouverites turn out in the streets, rain or shine to cheer them on.

Before we go into the parade route, which is longer this year to accommodate all the new participants, it’s worth noting that the Chinese New Year Parade is one of the largest non-commercial annual parades in Vancouver. It’s pretty cool that the Chinatown neighbourhood institutions including the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver and the Chinese Freemasons have worked together to keep this going for 40 years.

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40th Annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade – February 17