The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the largest annual parades in the world. The route draws more than 100,000 spectators each year and is widely watched on television. Vancouver’s Chinese New Year Parade 2020 is likely to be no exception. With a parade route over a mile long, this event will bring a sense of tradition and pride to Vancouver. Here’s how to plan your day for the parade.
Chinatown Spring Festival
The Chinatown Spring Festival in Vancouver is a fun event for families, but the parade attracts a large crowd. If you have small children, you should plan to arrive early so that you can grab a prime sidewalk spot. If you’re staying for the parade, keep for the Lion Dancing. Enjoy the festival’s fireworks display once you’re finished with the train! But be warned, this festival is loud and claustrophobic.
As part of the celebrations, the city will host a traditional Chinese New Year parade on Sunday, February 10. This event is the city’s signature event, celebrating the lunar calendar. The train includes cultural dance troupes and lion dances. It starts at 11:00 am and is part of a more giant Lunar New Year festival that features traditional Asian New Year celebrations. Whether you celebrate Chinese New Year, the parade has something to offer everyone.
A parade is a primary reason people flock to Chinatown. While the train is the festival’s highlight, the area is bustling with other free events all weekend. The International Village Mall will also host a free Temple Fair event on the same day as the parade. A cultural fair will be held in Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. A wide variety of food and drink stands are available to purchase.
In addition to the Chinatown Spring Festival, Vancouver hosts several Chinese New Year events, including a street parade through Chinatown. There are also vibrant street fairs and cultural performances, and the Dragons and Lions are extended to Richmond. The two communities have even teamed up to create a Lunar New Year Website. There are a lot of cultural events in the city, and you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy!
This year, the Lion Dance will be back! With a bang at this famous parade, Vancouver will welcome the Year of the Pig or the Chinese New Year. The event takes place in Chinatown, where you can catch performances by marching bands, dragon dancers, and even a 100-foot paper dragon. The parade is expected to draw more than 30,000 spectators. The parade route spans Maunakea Street, River Street, and Commercial Drive. In addition to the dragon dance, there will be martial arts demonstrations and entertainment on three stages. The Chinatown Merchants Association sponsors the parade.
The 47th annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade will bring the Year of the Rat on the Chinese Lunar Calendar with lion dances and cultural dance troupes. Marching bands and martial arts performances are also scheduled to participate. There are more than 300 participants in this year’s parade. The crowds will be huge, so make sure to arrive early. You can also set up chairs on the sidewalk to enjoy the Lion Dance.
If you can’t make it to the parade, you can still enjoy lion dance performances at the Pacific Centre. You can also catch lion eye-dotting ceremonies, traditional Chinese dance performances, and lucky red pocket giveaways. At the Richmond Centre, there will be a Lion Dance and lion eye-dotting ceremony. And don’t forget to check out the festival booths at Kimlau Square from noon to 4 pm.
The 47th annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade will take place on January 26, 2020, at 11 am, featuring lion dances, cultural dance troupes, and martial arts performances. The event is a cultural extravaganza that draws thousands of spectators. So, plan to attend the Chinese New Year Parade and see the Lion Dance. Ensure you have a camera or smartphone ready because there is no shortage of great shots of this spectacular performance!
Flower & Gift Fair
For the upcoming Chinese New Year, check out the Flower & Gift Fair at the Aberdeen Centre! Vendors will sell everything from home goods and flowers to decorations and gifts. The annual event features lion and dragon dances hosted by Mayor Malcolm Brodie and three levels of government. You can also see a Lion dance at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum! Admission is free, and there will be plenty of food and entertainment!
In addition to the flower & gift fair, the city’s Spring Festival celebration will include traditional lion dances, martial arts demonstrations, and multicultural performances. The festival is free to attend, and the flower & gift fair opens at 10 am on January 26. You can also check out a variety of cultural exhibits in the surrounding area, including the International Buddhist Temple. If you’re in Vancouver during Chinese New Year, don’t miss the Flower & Gift Fair! It’s one of the most popular Chinese New Year celebrations in North America.
The Flower & Gift Fair, Vancouver Chinese New Year’s Parade, and the Spring Festival are held on the Sunday following Lunar or Chinese New Year. In 2020, Chinese New Year fell on Saturday, January 25, and the Flower & Gift Fair took place on Sunday, January 26. The Chinese New Year began on February 1, so there will be no parade in 2020. In 2021, COVID-19 made the train in Vancouver impossible.
There will also be a Dragon’s Beard Candy. The Dragon’s Beard Candy is Chinese-style cotton candy stuffed with peanuts. It symbolizes long life and is also a typical Chinese New Year treat. Guests to the Flower & Gift Fair can also purchase Dragon’s Beard Candy, a sweet Chinese candy. It is a tradition of the festival to give red envelopes to children, wishing them a good new year.
Countdown to Lunar New Year at Aberdeen Centre
On February 11, the Aberdeen Centre will host a Countdown to Lunar New Year, celebrating the Chinese new year and the Spring Festival. The festivities include lion dance performances, fortune tellers, and Asian singers. The pre-recorded program will feature singers from Asia and other cultural performances. It will be the first time the event has been held online. During the Countdown, people will also have the opportunity to win prizes in raffles and a lion dance contest.
This year, the Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair was a highlight for shoppers. The fair was open every day from January 18 to 26. Visit the Aberdeen Centre’s Events Page to learn more about the event. You can also visit the shopping center’s website to learn more about what to expect. It is open from 11 am to 7 pm Monday to Saturday, and 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday.
The Flower and Gift Fair is on its seventh day of an eight-day run, and shoppers have snapped up the many lucky bamboo arrangements and orchids on display. Vanda Florist’s Kevin Mok said customers from China had told him the event was exactly what they expected. And he’s sure he’ll get plenty of business. Aberdeen Center is worth visiting if you’re wondering how to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Countdown to the Dalmore Chinese New Year Dinner
The 2019 Countdown to the Dalmore Chinese Christmas Dinner and Vancouver’s Chinese New Year’s Parade is in full swing, and you can join in the festivities with a ticket! This event will take place on January 24. The event will also feature an elaborate Chinese New Year dinner. The dinner is an annual tradition, and you will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal while celebrating the Year of the Pig.
During the day, you can watch the Vancouver Canucks celebrate Chinese New Year by attending their game against the Boston Bruins on February 17. The Canucks will be honoring the first Asian-born player Larry Kwong, with a tribute video that will detail his journey from a child to the NHL. The Dalmore 25-Year-Old whiskey will be served at this special event. After the game, you can enjoy a celebratory beer at Dogwood Brewing.
The Vancouver Chinese-New Year Parade will be in Chinatown Sunday after New Year’s Day. It will last for about one hour, from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. You can also visit Chinatown and witness the parade, attracting tens of thousands of spectators. The train is full of color, noise, and fun, and you can watch the Lion Dance group perform at the Chinese Cultural Centre.
The city’s Chinese-New-Year celebrations will feature traditional performances from talented artists. The City of Vancouver has many events for the Chinese New Year. A few of these events are a must-attend. In addition to the Dalmore Chinese New Year Dinner, you can also catch the Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade at the YVR Maritime Centre or participate in the Countdown to the Dalmore Chinese-Year Parade.