The 5pm Post – 2012 Chinese New Year Parade and Festival

Photo by PoPville flickr user pablo.raw

From Chinese Parade DC:

On January 29, 2012, the Chinese community of the greater Washington metropolitan area is going to celebrate the “Chinese Lunar New Year 4710” in Washington, DC Chinatown.

The Chinese consolidated Benevolent Association, an umbrella organization representing thirty Chinese-American organizations throughout the Greater Washington area will host the event. Over 40,000 are expected in attendance. The parade will also be televised to 40 million nationwide*.

January 29, 2012

2:00 p.m.

6th & I st. NW

6th & H st. NW

From the Downtown BID:

Here is a schedule of special events in the DowntownDC BID area:

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chinatown Lunar New Year Festival
Chinatown Community Cultural Center
616 H Street, NW

Programs and activities will include: live music and dance performances, traditional Chinese calligraphy, children’s crafts, face painting, tai chi and kung fu demonstrations, lion dancing, poetry readings, film screenings, art and photo exhibits, raffle prizes, New Year souvenirs, free giveaways, and much more. Special guest performances by: Wong People and students of Yu Ying Public Charter School.

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chinese New Year Parade and Festival
H Street, NW, between 6th and 8th Streets

Each year a parade is held in Chinatown to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The event features the traditional Chinese Dragon Dance, Kung Fu demonstrations and live musical entertainment with a giant firecracker set off at 3:45 pm

9 Comment

  • I was looking at the Downtown BID link for this, and the page details show:

    Date: Sunday January 29th, 2012
    Time: Noon – 5p

    It looks like they updated the zodiac symbol (dragon) in the paragraph that followed, but neglected to update the year/date: “This year, on the Western calendar, the start of the New Year falls on February 3, 2011 — The Year of the Dragon.”

    (The new moon was on Monday, January 23.)

  • This event will be fun but I am laughing at the parade route…it’s one block long. One whole DC block long. WOW! I think this represents the amount of Chinese Americans who still live in DC’s Chinatown (everybody else lives in MD or VA.) And the remaining Chinese Americans in our “Chinatown” probably live in the Wah Luck retirement home.

  • I attended last year and enjoyed the parade. It is a short parade route so your best bet to see is between Clyde’s (Chinatown) and H Street. 40K attendance is laughable.

  • Wow, another great photo by pablow.raw! Thanks for being such a great eye for the city. The Post should hire you to jazz up its front page!!!

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