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Feb 14th, 2016 1 pm – 2:30 pm  

Be a real Canadian! Celebrate winter while enjoying dim sum or pho and walking along with Chinese lions and zodiac animals in the capital city of Canada! Feb. 14th. Chinese drummers and dance troupes will join the lions to tour from business to business to bring good fortune and to ward off evil spirits in Chinatown – a multicultural village with an Asian flavor!


Winterlude 2016

 the Lunar New Year Lion Dance Parade in the Ottawa Chinatown

February 14, 2016 1pm to 2:30 pm

On Somerset Street from Preston Street to Bay Street 

 Ottawa, Ontario – Somerset Street Chinatown Business Improvement Area (BIA) is excited to partner with Canadian Heritage in 2016 Winterlude for its annual lion dance parade during the lunar new year on Sunday February 14, 2016 starting at 1 pm.

The Chinese Lion Dance goes back over one thousand years. The first record of the performance of an early form of the lion dance dates to the early Qing and Han Dynasties (Third century B.C.).

At the beginning of the lunar New Year in Chinatown, lion dance groups tour from business to business to bring good fortune and to ward off evil spirits.

Come to experience the tradition, hear the fire crackers, and get your New Year good fortune by following the lion dance parade in the Ottawa Chinatown – a multicultural village with an Asian flavour! To celebrate Winterlude in Chinatown, all the zodiacs will come to join the lion dance this year! You would not want to miss this extravaganza!

Admission: Free

About the Somerset Street Chinatown BIA:

The Somerset Street Chinatown BIA’s mission is to improve, promote and undertake projects that will result in a stronger and more competitive commercial district known as the Ottawa Chinatown. The BIA works hard to ensure a vibrant dinning, shopping and entertainment experience rich in Asian culture for visitors and local residents; to maintain a profitable place to own or invest in businesses; and to uphold a positive impact on Ottawa’s social and economic well being.