Washington DC Chinese New Year Parade 2017

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    Parade Schedule, Location and Photos

    ••• Photo &copy Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Washington, DC celebrates the Chinese New Year with a parade in Chinatown featuring traditional Chinese Dragon Dance, Kung Fu demonstrations and live musical entertainment.

    Each year a parade is held in Chinatown in Washington, DC to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The event features the traditional Chinese Dragon Dance, Kung Fu demonstrations and live musical entertainment.

    Date and Time: January 29, 2017, 2 - 4:30 p.m.

    Location: Chinatown - on H Street, NW, Washington, DC between 6th and 8th Streets.
    The parade winds around the adjoining streets. A good place to view the parade is along 7th St. The closest Metro station is Gallery Place/Chinatown

    Enjoy these photos and learn more about the annual lunar celebration!

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    Chinatown Friendship Arch

    ••• Chinatown Friendship Arch. Photo &copy Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Friendship Arch, a traditional Chinese gate, prominently marks the Chinatown neighborhood at H and 7th Streets. The Chinese New Year Parade is centered around this DC landmark. 

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    Chinese Lions

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    Chinese lions dance through the streets of Chinatown to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

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    Falun Gong Marching Band

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    Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual organization, marched with their red lacquered drums and red streamers.

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    Lunar New Year Parade

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    A wide variety of organizations participate in the Chinese New Year Parade.

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    Here Comes the Dragon

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    Dragons are an important symbol in the Chinese New Year traditions.

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    Chinese Dragon Dance

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    The Dragon Dance is a favorite part of the Chinese New Year celebration.

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    More Chinese Lions

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    Many children participate in the Chinese New Year Parade.

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    Chinese Mythical Beast

    ••• Chinese Mythical Beast. Photo &copy Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    A Qilin is a mythical beast covered in fire that appears as sage to bring serenity and prosperity.

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    Children Twirl Diablos

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    Children twirl diabolos, a kind of Chinese yo-yo.

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    Dragon

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    The Dragon takes over the streets of Chinatown during the lunar celebration.

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    Chinese Youth Club of Washington

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    The Chinese Youth Club of Washington includes members from throughout the metropolitan area.

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    Golden Dragon

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    What a beautiful dragon dance!

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    Falun Dafa

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    Many Chinese organizations participate in the Chinese New Year parade in Washington, DC.

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    Dragon Head

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    The Dragon is an important Chinese symbol.

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    Families March

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    Many families participate in the Chinese New Year Parade.

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    Chinese Animals

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    The Chinese animal signs represent a cyclical concept of time, a 12-year cycle used for dating the years. The Chinese animals participate in the annual parade.

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    Marchers

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    Many people come out to celebrate the Chinese New Year and march with the parade.

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    Chinese Community of Washington, DC

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    Many members of the Chinese community participate in the Chinese New Year Parade.

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    Marching Knights

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    The Ballou High School Marching Band participates in the Chinese New Year Parade in Washington, DC.

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    Chinese Characters

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    Chinese characters are lively and interesting to watch in the parade.

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    Dragon Head

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    Dragon Head

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    Crowd Watching the Parade

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    A crowd gathers in Chinatown to watch the Chinese New Year Parade in Washington DC.

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    Chinese Characters

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    A number of Chinese characters fill the streets during the Chinese New Year Parade.

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    Parade

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    The Chinese New Year Parade is a lively event in Washington DC drawing a large crowd.

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    Chinese Mask

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    The Chinese masks are very colorful.

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    Lion Dance

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    Lion Dance

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    Chinese Dance

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    Chinese Dance

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    Girl Scouts

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    Local girl scout troops and other community groups participate in the Chinese New Year Parade.

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    Mask

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    Chinese Mask

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    Chinese Characters

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    Chinese Characters

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    Chinese Character

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    Chinese Character

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    Chinese Boat

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    Can you sail a ship to China?

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    Another Dragon

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    Another Dragon

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    Jim Moyer Circus Club

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    Jim Moyer Circus Club partcipates in the Chinese New Year Parade.

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    Chinese Firecracker

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    The Chinese New Year Parade ends with a bang with the lighting of a giant firecracker. Firecrackers are used because the word for firecrackers implies that everyone will be exploding or bursting with good fortune.