Chinese New Year Parade

The Chinese New Year Parade will take place this Sunday, February 21st. Let’s hope they can successfully light the 5 story firecracker after last year’s difficulties.

Golden Dragon Dances Around the Firecrackers

Image from flickr user justhtml

From the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association website:

The Chinese Community of the Greater Washington Metropolitan area is going to celebrate the “Chinese Lunar New Year” in Washington, DC Chinatown on H & I Streets, NW, between 6th and 8th Streets from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This year will be the year 4708, the year of the TIGER which begins on February 14, 2010 and ends on February 2, 2011. In Chinese legend, people born in the year of the TIGER are often sensitive, given to deep thinking, capable of great sympathy with fearless and fiery fighter. They are physically powerful, gracious, independent and brave, they are extremely bold animals. However, they are friendly and loving but selfish and short tempered. Tigers are also instilled with a good dose of courage. As a result, they are capable and able to achieve great goals. This TIGER year will bring stability and growth where power and brave pays off.

Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) is very proud to sponsor this event. The festival includes folk dances, musical bands from various genres, local high school, cultural exhibition and a parade. The popular lion and dragon dances, as well as a five-story high firecracker that will be lit at 3:45 p.m. will also be featured in the program. Please bring your friends and family to join us for this exciting and joyful event which routinely attracts more than 30,000 patrons/tourists.

Street Closures For Chinese New Year Parade

(Washington, D.C.) The Metropolitan Police Department has provided the following information regarding street closures and parking restrictions for the Year of the Tiger Chinese New Year Parade on Sunday, February 21, 2010.

DATE: Sunday, February 21, 2010

TIME: 2:00 pm

LOCATION: Assembling on I Street, between 5th and 6th Streets, NW

ROUTE: The parade will form in the 500 block of I Street, NW and will proceed westbound on I Street, NW to 7th Street, NW, southbound on 7th Street, NW, to H Street, NW, westbound on H Street, NW, to 8th Street, NW, southbound on 8th Street, NW, to G Street, NW, eastbound on G Street, NW, to 7th Street, NW, northbound on 7th Street, NW, to H Street, NW, eastbound on H Street, NW, where parade will disband in the 600 block of H Street, NW.

No vehicles will be allowed to park on the parade route commencing at 7 am on Sunday, February, 21, 2010.

Street Closures and Times

The following street closures will begin at 9 am on Sunday, February 21:

  • H Street, NW, between 6th and 7th Streets (9 am until 5 pm)
  • I Street, NW, between 5th and 7th Streets (9 am until 3:30 pm)
  • 7th Street, NW, between Massachusetts Avenue and G Street (1:30 pm until 3:30 pm)
  • G Street, NW, between 7th and 9th Streets (1:30 pm until 3:30 pm)
  • 8th Street, NW, between G and H Streets (1:30 pm until 3:30 pm)
  • H Street, NW, between 8th and 6th Streets (1:30 pm until 3:30 pm)
  • 6th Streets, NW, between Massachusetts Avenue and G Street (1:30 pm until 3:30 pm)
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