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

5 Free Things to Do This February

Winterruption Festival. Photo credit: Granville Island

Winterruption Festival. Photo credit: Granville Island

Wrangle family and friends and take advantage of all the budget-friendly fun in February.

Vancouverites will turn out en force to celebrate the Year of the Snake at LunarFest, a free Lunar New Year festival with live performances and great eats taking place at Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza all weekend, February 15-17.

Rain or shine, get out and witness the 40th annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade, Sunday, February 17  – the city’s biggest free Chinese Lunar New Year bash. Right now, they’re predicting sun.

Winterruption brings free entertainment for kiddos and grown-ups to Granville Island, February 22-24.

Winter won’t last forever; we recommend taking a spin around the free Robson Square ice rink while you can. And don’t forget to discover Vancouver’s free snowshoeing trails, while they’re still fluffy white.

Find the full list of free Vancouver events and activities after the jump.

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5 Free Things to Do This February

Vancouver LunarFest Brings Dumplings, Lanterns and Lion Dancing to Art Gallery Plaza, February 15 – 17

Lunar New Year Vancouver 2013 Events

Traditional lanterns at LunarFest. Photo credit: CIBC LunarFest

Lanterns! Lion dances! Dumplings galore! If you thought our city’s Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year festivities were limited to the annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade this Sunday, February 17, think again.

LunarFest –  a free, family-friendly, weekend-long Lunar New Year party – takes place February 15-17. Head on over to the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza from 12-8pm and get involved in welcoming the Year of the Snake.

Vancouver’s Asian community is diverse and LunarFest is a full-on, contemporary celebration of that diversity, showcasing lion dances, food and art from Korea, Japan, India, Taiwan and Northern China and Southern China.

Expect the largest display of multicultural lion dancers, a stunning animal lantern jungle  including many glowing versions of the snake, musical performances, lantern hat-making, DumplingFest and more.

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Vancouver LunarFest Brings Dumplings, Lanterns and Lion Dancing to Art Gallery Plaza, February 15 – 17

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

Chinese New Year 2012: Five fab regional events

Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) is approaching faster than the beat of a lion dance.  I should know; I just lost half an hour watching the Lion Dance Championships on YouTube.

The first day of the Year of the Dragon is January 23 and the festivities keep rolling for another 15 days. Dana covered Vancouver’s packed Chinese New Year event schedule, including the parade in Chinatown January 29.  Thanks to the region’s robust Chinese-Canadian population, there’s a lot of celebratory events outside of Vancouver too.

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Chinese New Year 2012: Five fab regional events

Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade – January 29, 2012

Of all the Vancouver Chinese New Year events celebrating the Year of the Dragon, there’s one that stands out from the rest: the annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade, one of the largest annual parades in the city.

Over 3,000 people take part in the Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade (as in: are actually part of the parade itself)! Featuring the largest assembly of traditional lion dance teams in Canada, the parade also boasts multicultural dance troupes, the Vancouver Police Department Motorcycle Drill Team, marching bands, and more. Every year, the parade draws over 50,000 spectators—it’s loads of free fun for all ages!

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Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade – January 29, 2012

Vancouver Chinese New Year Events 2012

Chinese New Year falls on January 23, 2012, and Vancouver has several events to celebrate the Year of the Dragon, from the famous cultural mash-up Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner to the free, annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade.

Top 5 Vancouver Chinese New Year Events 2012

1. Chinese New Year Bazaar – January 16 – 20, 2012 – FREE
Take pictures with a Dragon and browse loads of discounted merchandise at this festive bazaar in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. Takes place from 10:30am – 3:30pm daily from January 16 – 20 at 28 West Pender Street.

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Vancouver Chinese New Year Events 2012