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The Lunar New Year (or Spring Festival) starts on Sunday. This year will be the Year of the Snake.Millions of Chinese people around the world will ring in the new year with reunion dinners, dumplings, fireworks and lion dances.
Of course there are serious celebrations in China, but there are some pretty awesome parties right here in the U.S. From L.A. to New York, we’ve found the best places to celebrate the Chinese New Year in America.
New York City has a thriving Chinatown in downtown Manhattan, and an even bigger unofficial Chinatown in Flushing, Queens.
If parades aren't your thing, the China Institute of America is hosting a few events, including a children's celebration and a dumpling making workshop.
Meanwhile restaurants in Chinatown will be open for business -- you can stop for dumplings at Joe's Shanghai or Nom Wah Tea Parlor -- and several restaurants will be offering special menus for the Lunar New Year, such as Hakkasan, Buddakan, and Talde.
San Francisco's bustling Chinatown is one of the largest in the U.S. -- and possibly anywhere outside of China.
In honour of the new year, there's a flower fair and street fair in Chinatown, along with a big parade on February 23rd, which features more than 100 floats, bands, and more. There's also a Miss Chinatown USA pageant, a Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt and a Chinese New Year 10k run.
From a festival on glitzy Rodeo Drive to a flower fair in Monterey Park, Los Angeles hosts a bunch of events for the new year.
But the biggest celebration is the Golden Dragon Parade in L.A.'s Chinatown on February 16th.
D.C. restaurants take the holiday seriously. Ping Pong Dim Sum will have a bunch of events, such as a party brunch and a 'Lady Dragon Night;' Toki Underground will host cooking classes; and Zengo will have a dim sum-themed bottomless mimosa brunch, to name a few.
There will also be a massive parade in Chinatown on February 10th with kung fu demonstrations, lion dancers, and live music.
Boston has the third-largest Chinatown in the U.S., and during the Spring Festival it will host a parade, lion dance, and general parties.
Stop for dim sum at any of the Chinatown restaurants or in nearby Quincy, which is home to several authentic Chinese restaurants, like Tung Long Garden, Grand Chinatown, and China Pearl.
Chicago takes a more cultural approach to celebrating the Lunar New Year.
Besides the usual Chinatown parade (on Feb. 17), the city will have a series of lectures and demonstrations at the Chinese American Museum (including a deconstructed lion dance demonstration), a series of events at the Adler Planetarium, and a performance by the China National Symphony Orchestra.
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