New York City’s Chinese New Year Parade in Photos

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Welcome to the Year of the Rabbit! Yesterday, thousands of onlookers gathered in Chinatown to celebrate the 12th annual Lunar New Year parade. The festivities included floats, costumes, musicians, dancers, and plenty of good ol’ Chinese-American times. If you couldn’t attend the event because you were too busy preparing your infamous nacho dip or applying your decorative face paint for last night’s Super Bowl, take a look at what you missed.

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New York’s Chinatown was bustling with activity yesterday as some people marched while others watched.

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As expected, plenty of rabbits were spotted throughout the afternoon.

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Lots of them.

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The parade got started after several politicians wished everyone the best by saying “Gung Hay Fat Choy” from a float. Can you spot New York Senator Chuck Schumer? He’s there!

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Participants hung cabbages, which represent prosperity and good luck, from the floats.

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And then the dragons came out!

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Lions, rabbits, and traditional dress made quite the visual combination.

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Not all participants could grow beards in time for the parade.

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But everyone was glad to be there.

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It took several robust individuals to hoist this gold dragon.

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The Chinese LGBT community banged their drums with pride.

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Some lions were adorned with elaborate details.

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Some grew rather tall and frightful.

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Others were not so intimidating.

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As soon as the parade was over, the crowds cleared leaving the streets aglow with confetti.