Chinatown Rings in the Year of the Tiger

The streets of Chinatown resounded with the clang of Chinese cymbals and the cheer of New Yorkers who came out to celebrate the Year of the Tiger. Thousands lined up to watch the 11th annual Lunar New Year Parade and Festival on Sunday afternoon.

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The streets of Chinatown resounded with the clang of Chinese cymbals and the cheer of New Yorkers who came out to celebrate the Year of the Tiger. Thousands lined up to watch the 11th annual Lunar New Year Parade and Festival on Sunday afternoon. This was the first year that gay Asian Americans marched as a group in the parade.
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A girl rides on the State Farm float during Sunday's parade
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A marcher in the parade hands out fortune cookies to the cheering crowds.
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Marchers handed out red envelopes. In Chinese culture, these envelopes are traditionally filled with candy or money and given to the children.
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A boy dressed in a traditional Chinese costume waits for the parade to start.
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Children cheer at the passing floats.
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Floats decorated with balloons and tissue paper rolled on by as performers with microphones shouted "gong xi fa cai" -a Chinese wish for prosperity.
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Vendors sold firecrackers and silly string to New Yorkers who came to celebrate.
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Lion dancers made their way through the narrow streets of Chinatown.
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Lion dancers, musicians, martial artists and local politicians marched through Mott, Canal, and Bayard streets, eventually making their way to Worth Street. The politicians included city comptroller John Liu and council member Margaret Chin.
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A girl plays her flute in a marching band.
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Children played with noisemakers at Sunday's parade.
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A girl waits to spray a can of silly string before the parade begins.
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A marcher walks underneath a shower of confetti.
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A boy wears his own lion head costume at the parade.
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Lion dancers, musicians and martial artists marched through Mott, Canal, and Bayard streets, eventually making their way to Worth Street.
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A father shows his son how to pop a firecracker after the parade.
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Dancers wave their fans on board a parade float.
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Performers on a parade float dressed in elaborate traditional Chinese costumes.
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A man and his dog entertain the crowds before the parade starts.
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A man dressed as a chef waves his flag to the crowds below.
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Two girls put on a fan dance on top of a parade float.
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Performers on a parade float waved their Chinese fans and American flags.
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Marchers in the parade represented different ethnic cultures.
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