According to the Chinese zodiac, the new year—4711 the Year of the Snake—doesn’t start until February 17, but there are lots of free events and activities in Chicago to celebrate the city’s largest Chinese cultural celebration. The highlight of Chinatown’s annual Lunar New Year Parade, the Mystical Dragon Dance is performed using a 100-foot silk and bamboo costume. Chinatown’s Chinese New Year Parade celebrates the Lunar New Year — this year is the “Year of the Snake”. This colorful parade marches right through the middle of Chicago’s Chinatown and features marching bands, elaborate floats, Miss Friendship Ambassador, lion dance teams, and a 100 foot long paper dragon made out of silk, paper, and bamboo. Parade steps off at 12:30 p.m. (subject to change)
WHERE: Wentworth Ave between 24th St and Cermak Ave;
WHEN: February 17, 2013 at 1pm, free event.
Feb. 17th, 2013, Sunday, (Feb. 10th New Year’s Day)
Year of the SNAKE – 4711, Chinatown’s 101st Anniversary
9:00am, Reviewing Stand/Sound/Portable Toilets – setup
10:00am, Volunteer Meeting – Evergreen Restaurant , 2411 S. Wentworth Ave., “NEW LOCATION”
11:00am, Volunteers in place at assigned stations
Floats arrive and placed in Lineup Order, northbound/curb lane, Wentworth/24th Pl.
12;00pm, Guest/Community Leaders/Elected Officials/Chinese Media assemble at Evergreen Restaurant
Marching Bands, Schools, Groups assemble
12:30pm, Lineup, Wentworth at 24th Street
1:00pm, Parade Step-off