Chinese Lion Dance Parade 2013 Cultural Festival / Holiday Event / Parade Feb 17, 2013 11:00 am

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The Chinese New Year is celebrated with the annual Chinese Lion Dance Parade in Boston’s Chinatown. Home to the third largest Chinese community in the United States, Chinatown Boston is located within the boundaries... ... read more

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Chinese Lion Dance Parade - Cultural Festival | Holiday Event | Parade in Boston.

The Chinese New Year is celebrated with the annual Chinese Lion Dance Parade in Boston’s Chinatown. Home to the third largest Chinese community in the United States, Chinatown Boston is located within the boundaries of Downtown Crossing and the south end of Chinatown runs along the Theatre and Leather Districts.

The Lion Dance itself is a traditional Chinese dance that dates back thousands of years. Two people operate a lion costume and are accompanied by lion dancer troupes and Kung Fu students as they go from door to door in the Chinese community to perform “cai ching,” literally meaning, “plucking the greens.” Local businesses leave vegetables and fruit hanging from their doorway to entice the lion. In turn, the lion performs a dance and offers the local business owners good tidings for the New Year.

The annual event is free to attend. Restaurants along the Lion’s path provide parade goers with plenty of traditional Chinese New Year dishes like dumplings, noodles, and smoked meat. Chinatown is accessible by the MBTA.

Chinese Lion Dance Parade 2013 User Comments

Anonymous Feb 17, 2013
I called some restaurants, they said will be too messy to walk around.
Anil K. Feb 17, 2013
Seems like they have a go ahead... as per their Facebook page.
Ondine S. Feb 17, 2013
any idea if today's festivities will be postponed given the weather conditions? We're thinking of traveling in from RI and just wanted to make sure things were still happening.
Nathan O. Feb 16, 2013
http://www.chinatownmainstreet.org/defaultsite is no help this year, alas. I only knew Chinese New Year was a week 'later' this year due to past experience -- this is actually the norm. (Don't forget though, many world cultures celebrate the Lunar New Year, so putting an 'official' holiday date on it is futile.) Happy Year of the Snake!
Nathan O. Feb 16, 2013
The Boston Chinatown New Years Parade is frequently held a week after the more-or-less 'official' Chinese New Year Date. FYI, it always pays to research ahead of time to see when the parade is scheduled to be held in Boston. (Don't forget that there are many world cultures that celebrate Chinese New Year so it's hard to call a really truly official date.) Unfortunately http://www.chinatownmainstreet.org/defaultsite is no help as of this comment (blank page) and I only knew to keep some foresight about it from past experience.
King G. Feb 15, 2013
FYI from the Chinaton Boston Main Street page (facebook link by Michael) Posted Jan 25: Heres some clarification Chinese New year is on February 10, 2013 the Lion dance Celebration is on the following Sunday February 17,2013 from 10am -4:30 pm there will be a cultural villiage inside the eastwest bank 74 harrison ave for all ages caligraphy artist and chinese clay
King G. Feb 15, 2013
Usually the parade is the week after new year. This year it was on actual chinese new year. The stage usually opens around 11am, with lion dancing and a speech by Mayor Menino. Things are pretty busy until mid to late afternoon when it starts tapering off.
Christopher S. Feb 12, 2013
what time on 2/17?
Renee S. Feb 7, 2013
This was clearly marked the 10th, and not posted until a few weeks ago. I hope next year the organizers please post the date much earlier...and make sure its clear. We had a whole bus full of people traveling 4 hours for this..thank goodness the storm brought this all to our attention.
Michael N. Feb 6, 2013
Just seen this on Chinatown Main Street's Facebook page... and th parade WILL be the 17th... https://www.facebook.com/BOSCMS
Michael N. Feb 6, 2013
Chinese NEw Year is the 10th... so why is the Chinese Lion Dance Parade on the 17th??? With the upcoming possible snowstorm on Friday and into Saturday morning (Feb 8th and 9th)... I don't mind this being a week later. Streets AND sidewalks will be made narrow from the snow plowing and shoveling.
Anonymous Feb 4, 2013
I THOUGHT IT WAS THE 10TH TOO
Sharon K. Jan 26, 2013
Are we sure it is not on February 10th??? I thought Feb. 10th was Chinese New Year.
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