Parading in the Chinatown Streets for the Year of the Ram [PHOTOS]
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A mild Sunday, yesterday was a total slushfest, and just in time for the sixteenth annual Lunar New Year parade. The streets of Chinatown were bogged down by a colorful confetti soup, yet didn’t deter the masses from descending upon the area to partake in the festivities for the year of the Ram.
The usual lot participated in the slow-moving human train – truck-pulled floats, dragons, Chinese opera singers, Boy Scouts, gay activists – set to a constant drum-and-symbol syncopation.
Though, to be honest, the parade gets more commercial every year. The tradition of it all just seems dwarfed by national brands (McDonald’s, Delta, etc.) and New York politicians stumping (Chuck Schumer, Daniel Squadron).
The Lunar New Year parade first began snaking through Chinatown in 1999, courtesy of the Better Chinatown Society.