The Chinese New Year Parade will return for the 45th time on Sunday, February 18th, 2018. This signature event of Vancouver's Chinatown will feature lion dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances and much more. This is an annual cultural extravaganza not to be missed. The parade will begin at 11 am. The Year of the Dog in the Chinese Lunar calendar will begin on Friday, February 16th in 2018. Come see the sights and hear the sounds of the festivities!
Highlights of the Parade
The Chinese New Year Parade celebrates the new year of the Chinese lunar calendar and is a festive event for everyone to enjoy. As one of the three largest non-commercial annual parades in Vancouver, the parade features the largest assembly of traditional lion dance teams in Canada with dozens of colourful and energetic lions from various local fraternal and martial arts organizations. The parade will feature some seventy entries, bringing over 3,000 participants from various community and cultural groups. The multicultural dance troupes represent the diverse segments of our Canadian cultural heritage such as the Vancouver Police Department Motorcycle Drill Team, marching bands and various community groups. It is not surprising that the parade draws over 100,000 spectators along the route each year plus many more that will see it through TV coverage.
The 1.3-km long route starts at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street (between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street), proceeds east along Pender Street, turns south onto Gore Street, turns west onto Keefer Street and then disperses on Keefer at Abbott. See map here
The parade will start at 11 am on Sunday, February 18th, 2018 and will take about two and a half hours to complete.
- Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver
- Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver
- Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Association
- Chinese Freemasons Vancouver Branch
- Shon Yee Benevolent Association