Thousands of people lined the streets of Sunset Park on Sunday to see and hear the sounds and sights of Chinese culture, as the children of the community took center stage.
I was lucky enough to attend the festivities, and found it an exuberant and exciting slice of Chinese culture. According to www.mommypoppins.com, "Chinese New Year is one of our favorite times in New York City—it's a great way to get immersed in another culture without buying an airplane ticket." The online site added, although the Year of the Snake officially began on Sunday, February 10, Lunar New Year celebrations start in early February and continue throughout the month with many different Asian cultures and traditions represented.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy Chinese food, and learn about Chinese culture and stories," added the web site. Fireworks, exciting singing and dancing performances, and "The Lion Dance" and "Dragon Dance" took center stage as the festivities that lined 50th Street and 8th Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn gave the community a celebration to get excited about. The parade ran from from 50th Street to 60th Street on Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park, a Brooklyn community that boasts a large Chinese population.
The Brooklyn Lunar New Year Parade in Sunset Park was free to all. The annual sponsor, the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association celebrated the spirit of The Chinese-American community in Sunset Park, Brooklyn with this annual parade. Staten Island teachers and parents, this is one parade you might want to experience next year, as it is conveniently located close to Staten Island, in nearby Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The parade has been going on for over 25 years. This is one annual Brooklyn tradition that your students and families might enjoy. At the parade the children took center stage and celebrated, bringing good luck to the Chinese people in this diverse and exuberant Chinese community.