Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Chicago

February 04, 2011

Gung hay fat choy!

That is the most common Chinese New Year’s greeting in Cantonese, and you’ll be hearing it a lot this weekend around Chicago.

This week marked the Chinese New Year — Year of the Rabbit 4709 — so amongst all this snow, the city’s North and South sides will host celebrations this weekend.

symbol of the rabbitThe festivities begin Saturday at the Argyle Street Chinese New Year Parade on Chicago’s North Side.

The celebration will start on Argyle Street and Sheridan Road in what’s often called “the New Chinatown.” The parade will include traditional dragon dances, lion dances, elaborate floats, martial arts teams, a marching band and plenty of Chinese firecrackers.

The parade will step off at 1 p.m. on Argyle and will go to Sheridan then to Lawrence and on to Broadway before heading back to Argyle.

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On the South Side of Chicago, the 2011 Lunar New Year Parade is scheduled for Sunday in the heart of Chinatown.

The festivities will include appearances by marching bands, floats, Lion Dance teams, a 100-foot mystical dragon, Miss Chicago Chinatown and Miss Friendship Ambassador.

The celebration begins at 11:30 a.m.; the parade is scheduled to depart at 1 p.m. The route will take participants down Wentworth Avenue from 24th Street to Cermak Road.

For more information about Chinatown, visit chicagochinatown.org or call (312) 326-5320.

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By the way, want to know if you are a Rabbit and what it means? Find out at ChineseZodiac.com.

Happy New Year!

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