Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade – February 17, 2013
The 40th Chinese New Year Parade
The renowned Chinese New Year Parade will return in 2013 for the 40th time. To be held on Sunday, February 17th, 2013, this signature event of Vancouver’s Chinatown will feature lion dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances and much more. It is hard to believe that the parade will be the 40th in 2013! To celebrate the special occasion, the parade will grow even bigger with some new team entries and will incorporate more multi-cultural contents. This is an annual cultural extravaganza not to be missed. The Year of the Snake in the Chinese Lunar calendar will begin on Sunday February 10th in 2013. Come see the sights and hear the sounds of the festivities!
Highlights for the 40th Parade
The Chinese New Year Parade celebrates the new year of the Chinese lunar calendar and is a fun-filled event for everyone to enjoy. As one of the three largest non-commercial annual parades in Vancouver, the Chinese New Year Parade features the largest assembly of traditional lion dance teams in Canada with dozens of colourful and energetic lions from the various local fraternal and martial arts organizations. Other highlights include multicultural dance troupes representing the diverse segments of our Canadian cultural heritage, the Vancouver Police Department Motorcycle Drill Team, marching bands and various community groups. The parade is expected to feature over sixty entries, bringing over 3,000 participants from various community and cultural groups. It is not surprising that the parade draws over 50,000 spectators along the route each year plus many more that will see it through TV coverage.
The 2013 parade route has been adjusted slightly to facilitate for additional parade participants in the marshalling area. The 1.3-km long route starts at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street (between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street), proceeds east along Pender Street, turns south onto Gore Street, turns west onto Keefer Street and then disperses on Keefer at Taylor.
Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade
Date: Sunday, February 17, 2013
Time: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Start: Millennium Gate on Pender Street