CHINATOWN NEW YEAR PARADE
Date： Saturday February 10, 2024
Time: 10am – 12pm
Location: Ottawa Chinatown, Somerset Street West between Bay and Preston
Excitement is in the air as Ottawa Chinatown gears up for an extraordinary Chinatown New Year Parade, set to enchant the streets on Saturday, February 10, 2024, from 10 am to 12 pm. This celebration marks a joyous return to tradition, representing the first of its kind since the challenging times of the pandemic. As we usher in the Year of the Dragon, the vibrant tapestry of Ottawa’s cultural diversity comes alive with a spectacle of performances that promise to captivate and delight spectators of all ages.
One of the highlights of the parade is the mesmerizing Dragon Dance, a symbol of strength, power, and good luck. In 2024, the Year of the Dragon holds special significance, embodying courage, wisdom, and success in Chinese culture. As the dragon weaves its way through the streets, accompanied by the rhythmic beats of waist drums and the lively movements of land boat dancing, spectators will be transported into a world where ancient traditions blend seamlessly with contemporary celebrations.
The festivities continue with the enchanting Yangko dance, a performance rich in cultural symbolism. This traditional folk dance, with its dynamic choreography and vibrant costumes, represents the spirit of unity and joy, fostering a sense of community and goodwill.
Adding to the joyous atmosphere, attendees can anticipate the symbolic gesture of goodwill as red envelopes (红包) are distributed along the parade route. These traditional Lunar New Year blessings carry wishes for good fortune and prosperity, creating a heartwarming connection between performers and spectators.
The parade route, starting from the west of Chinatown near Preston Street, where the iconic kirin statues stand proudly, will make its way towards the Royal Gateway and the pair of majestic Pixiu statues near Bay Street. Along the route, the procession will make stops to showcase local businesses and provide opportunities for interaction with visitors. The parade participants, adorned in colorful attire, will share heartfelt wishes of health, fortune, and a prosperous Year of the Dragon with onlookers.
Come join us for a day filled with cultural richness, lively performances, and the spirit of unity as we celebrate the long-awaited return of the Ottawa Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade. Let the streets echo with the joyous sounds of tradition and the promise of a bright and auspicious year ahead!Chin