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New Yorkers ring in the Year of the Rat at Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

New York's Annual Lunar New Year Day Parade Winds Through Chinatown
Posted at 4:41 PM, Feb 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-09 18:14:57-05

CHINATOWN, Manhattan — People of all ages filled Chinatown to ring in the Year of the Rat with the annual Lunar New Year Parade on Sunday.

Colorful confetti lined the streets of Chinatown as Chinese New Year celebrations carried on with symbolic dragons, cultural performances and plenty of energy.

Sue Poon celebrates the Lunar New Year Parade every year.

Originally from Hong Kong, the New York City resident won't let coronavirus concerns stop her from paying homage to her heritage.

"I don't care," Poon said. "I'm not scared. I want to feel the Chinese New Year, and be happy."

Thousands of spectators came out for the joyous festival as city leaders reminded the public there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in NYC, adding there's nothing to be afraid of.

"This is a vibrant community and brings so much to the city and we should all be coming up to celebrate happy Lunar New Year, and be coming out in general, great food great culture," NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams said.