The most important of the traditional Chinese holidays, Chinese New Year is also referred to as Spring Festival. In America, Chinese New Year will be celebrated in cities across the country.
San Francisco boasts the largest Chinese New Year celebration outside of Asia. The festivities begin on the weekend of February 6 with a Flower Market Fair and continue through February 27 with a huge Chinese New Year Parade. The parade will feature elaborate floats, marching bands, martial arts groups, stilt walkers and, of course, lion dancers. For the grand finale, a 200 foot long golden dragon will delight the crowds as it make its way through the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown.
Seattle will celebrate Chinese New Year with a Lunar New Year Celebration on February 13, 2010 in Hing Hay Park. Entertainment includes lion and dragon dancers, Japanese taiko drumming and more. The Cultural Activities Pavilion will feature demonstrations of authentic calligraphy drawing, games and lots of activities for the whole family.
Los Angeles has been celebrating Chinese New Year for over 100 years with a Golden Dragon Parade. Featuring nearly two dozen floats, marching bands, entertainers and cultural groups, the parade takes place in Los Angeles' Chinatown on Saturday, February 20.
New York City will celebrate the 11th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade on Sunday, February 21. With elaborate floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, musicians, magicians, acrobats and more, over 5,000 people will participate in the spectacle. After the parade, an outdoor cultural festival begins with entertainment provided by musicians, dancers and martial artists.