2011 – The year of the rabbit
The Chinese New Year Parade, Vancouver Chinatown’s signature event will this year take place on the 6th of February. With cultural dance troupes, marching bands, lion dances and much more, the New Year’s Parade is a cultural spectacle that should not be missed!
The parade, one of the three largest non-commercial annual parades of Vancouver, is a fun-filled event for everyone to enjoy. It presents 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 Canadian cultural heritage, marching bands, the Police Department Motorcycle Drill Team and several other community groups. The parade attracts 50,000 spectators along the route each year… That sounds awesome!
The route of the parade is 1,2km long and starts at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street (between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street), proceeding east along Pender Street, turning south onto Gore Street, turning west onto Keefer Street and then dispersing at Keefer and Columbia.
The 2011 parade will start at 12:00 noon sharp on Sunday, February 6th, 2011, and will take two hours to complete.
If you are in Vancouver I definitely recommend to go there!