On January 29th, 2017 at 2pm the streets of Chinatown in Washington D.C. will be transformed into a lively celebration as the annual Chinese New Year’s Parade gets underway. The five months of hard work and planning by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) is in honor of the Rooster, this year’s Chinese Zodiac. “The rooster is boisterous and cocky but an early riser and a hard worker, a traditionally male figure” says one of the members of the CCBA. Although she adds that there’s always a strong woman behind him.
The parade lineup includes the Chinese Youth Club Lion Dance Troupe, the Albas Shriners, Batala Washington and Chinese-American beauty pageant winners. The parade will end with the ever popular firecracker finale. Parade goers are encouraged to arrive early and have lunch at one of the many Chinatown restaurants beforehand.
The organizers are expecting large crowds, so plan accordingly.