Chinese New Year Parade to welcome Year of the Dog to Vancouver

The 45th annual Chinese New Year Parade will take over Vancouver’s streets this Sunday.

The 1.3-kilometre route begins at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street, between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street, and heads eastbound. The route then turns south at Gore Street, before heading westbound at Keefer Street and ending at Abbott.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. Sunday and runs for about two and a half hours. About 100,000 spectators have turned out annual to witness the festivities.

During the parade, spectators can see lion dances, cultural dances, marching bands, martial arts performances and more. The parade features the largest assembly of traditional lion dance teams in Canada among its 70 parade entries and more than 3,000 participants.

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, was celebrated on Friday, Feb. 16 this year. This year’s lunar calendar sign is the dog.

More to come.


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