Washington, D.C. Chinese New Year Parade 2018

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    Enjoy Chinese Dragon Dance, Kung Fu and Live Entertainment

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

    Washington, D.C. 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, D.C. to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The event features the traditional Chinese Dragon Dance, Kung Fu demonstrations and live musical entertainment.

    Attending Details 

    • Date and Time: Sunday, February 18, 2018, 2 - 4:30 p.m.
    • Location: Chinatown - on H Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 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.  See a map.
    • Driving Directions:  From I-395 North: Take the 12th St exit, Merge onto 12th St SW, Turn right at Constitution Ave NW/US-1, Turn left at 6th St NW/US-1, Arrive in Chinatown. There is some street parking available in the area, but this is a busy part of town in the heart of the city and spaces fill...MORE up quickly.  As many streets will be closed off for the parade, the best way to get to the area is to use public transportation.

    The parade is a colorful celebration of Chinese culture. Enjoy these photos and learn more about the Chinatown neighborhood in Washington, D.C. and the annual lunar new year celebration.

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    Chinatown Friendship Arch: Washington, D.C.

    ••• 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 Washington, D.C. landmark. The small historic neighborhood is home to approximately 20 Chinese and Asian restaurants and a handful of other small businesses.

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    Chinese Lions Dance Along H Street

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

    In China, the lion is regarded as the king of the forests and of the other animals. It has thus long been used as a symbol of power and grandeur. It is believed to offer protection from evil spirits. Chinese lions dance through the streets of Chinatown to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Washington, D.C.

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    Falun Gong Marching Band

    ••• Falun Gong Marching Band. Photo &copy Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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

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    Lunar New Year Parade

    ••• Lunar New Year Parade. Photo &copy Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    A wide variety of cultural and community organizations participate in the Washington, D.C. Chinese New Year Parade.

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    Chinese Dragon Dance

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

    Dragons are an important symbol in the Chinese New Year traditions. The Dragon Dance is a favorite part of the annual celebration.

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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 to all.

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    Children Twirl Diablos

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

    Children twirl diabolos, a kind of Chinese yo-yo, as they march in the new year parade. 

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    Chinese Youth Club of Washington

    ••• Chinese Youth Club of Washington. Photo &copy Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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

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    Chinese Animals

    ••• Chinese Animals. Photo © Miller Taylor

    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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    Chinese Community of Washington, D.C.

    ••• Chinese Community of Washington, DC. Photo &copy Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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

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    Marching Knights

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

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

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    Chinese Firecracker

    ••• Photo © Miller Taylor

    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.