The renowned Chinese New Year Parade will return in the Year of the Rat. This special event will feature lion dances, cultural dance, marching bands, martial arts and much more. The Chinatown parade is an annual cultural festival not to be missed. Vancouver’s Chinatown is the 3rd largest Chinatown in North America. It is the city’s 46th Chinese New Year Parade.
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.
Chinese New Year Parade:
Time: 11:00am (takes approx 1.5 hours to complete)
Where: parade starts at Millennium Gate on Pender Street (between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street), proceeds east along Pender, turns south onto Gore Street, turns west on Keefer Street and then disperses on Keefer and Carrall. See map here