The most important holiday in China is the Lunar New Year. While celebrations here in the United States can't touch those in China, there are a few big Lunar New Year parades in New York City where you can take part in the festivities.
Of all of the boroughs, Queens is widely considered to be the biggest melting pot in New York City. The borough has a pretty large Asian population, which makes the Flushing Lunar New Year Parade a celebration of the borough's culture.
Flushing is home to the original Chinatown in Queens. Just take a few steps on Main Street, Kissena Boulevard, and 41st Avenue, and you'll be immersed in Chinese culture. There are so many restaurants, grocery stores, cultural centers, and other businesses.
Each year, the Flushing Lunar New Year Parade becomes bigger than ever. I brought a few of my friends to check it out.
I won't go into too much detail...it's a parade. However, it's a parade that celebrates so much of the Chinese culture. There are floats, costumes, confetti, balloons, performances, giveaways - everything you would expect from a celebration!
One of the things I love about living in NYC is seeing so many different cultures represented. The Lunar New Year is the biggest celebration in Chinese culture, and there are so many opportunities to celebrate. The parade is actually just one part of the celebration! We have plans to head back to Flushing to explore some of their delicious food...but that's for a later post. In the meantime, enjoy some of the views from this modern Chinese celebration!