Check out Chinatown’s annual Lunar New Year celebration for stunning visuals, tantalizing treats and impressive performances. This street party features all sorts of vendors, food and festivities to help revelers of all ages welcome the Year of the Monkey. The parade wends its way through the main streets of Little Italy and Chinatown, and festivities start at 1pm. A related celebration, the Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival, takes place February 8, the first day of the Lunar New Year—things get going at 11am, with the fireworks scheduled for noon. Queens’ Chinatown in Flushing and Brooklyn’s in Sunset Park also celebrate the Year of the Monkey.
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