Vancouver Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade

  • February 17, 2013 · 10:15 AM
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The renowned Chinese New Year Parade will return in 2013 for the 40th time. To be held on Sunday, February 17th, 2013, this signature event of Vancouver's Chinatown will feature lion dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances and much more.

The Chinese New Year Parade celebrates the new year of the Chinese lunar calendar and is a fun-filled event for everyone to enjoy. As one of the three largest non-commercial annual parades in Vancouver, the Chinese New Year Parade features the largest assembly of traditional lion dance teams in Canada with dozens of colourful and energetic lions from the various local fraternal and martial arts organizations. Other highlights include multicultural dance troupes representing the diverse segments of our Canadian cultural heritage, the Vancouver Police Department Motorcycle Drill Team, marching bands and various community groups. The parade is expected to feature over sixty entries, bringing over 3,000 participants from various community and cultural groups.

Please wait outside International Village at the West Pender and Taylor Exit -
There are two benches there.

The parade doesn't start till 11am, but from my previous 2 years of organizing this in the past.. it's better that we go earlier, otherwise we will never get a good spot to see the parade (worse if it rains, coz everyone in front of you will be carrying umbrellas).

Some of us may want to go for lunch after this (I made reservations too in the past, but it's impossible for the restaurants to save spots for a large group simply cos' there's too many people.

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  • Gord

    Great parade! Really fun day!

    1 · February 18, 2013

  • Humphrey

    That was fun! Hope someone had a photos of me, Becky, and Jasmine IN THE PARADE! :)

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • David

    WE are at hon's now

    February 17, 2013

  • Stella W

    How about now, you guys heading for lunch?Can not see anybody around 71 east pednar.

    February 17, 2013

  • Humphrey

    We are sitting down at 71 east pender

    February 17, 2013

  • Humphrey

    We are in front of the mall entrance

    February 17, 2013

  • Nathan

    As far as our meetup spot, where is the best place to park? Will I need Canadian currency to do so?

    February 16, 2013

    • Nathan

      Any particular place you had in mind to park and take transit? I'm very unfamiliar with the area.

      February 16, 2013

    • Humphrey

      You should be able to park at Tinseltown they have 2 hour free parking, but not sure if there will be special events arrangements

      February 17, 2013

  • Jasmine T.

    Hi all,

    I changed my mind and decided to make a lunch reservation anyway (Hon's Wuntun House (on Keefer) - 12:30pm). I know some of you probably may want to go do other activities, so I've only made a rsvp for 20 people (we can always request more seats later if more decides to join). The rsvp is made under my name.

    You can see their website at

    3 · February 15, 2013

    • Nathan

      Jasmine speaks the truth.

      1 · February 15, 2013

    • Jasmine T.

      I know people can get really grumpy if they get hungry :p I organized the last 2 CNY parades (with a different website), people were complaining of hunger even before the parade ended. Haha!

      1 · February 15, 2013

  • Cynthia

    oops time doesn't work.

    February 3, 2013

  • Jasmine T.

    oh.. I forgot to mention:

    We will only wait a maximum of 10 minutes for latecomers (and will walk toward the parade route after that). Because there's going to be lots of people, it's extremely challenging to try and find the rest of the group if you come later.

    If you are late and have a hard time trying to find the group, you might be better off texting than calling one of us.. coz it's too loud to hear the phone ring with all the firecrackers and crowd going on constantly.

    The official website for the parade is at if you want more information.

    January 25, 2013

  • Humphrey

    Great event suggestion, Jasmine!

    1 · January 25, 2013

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