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Chinese New Year festivities in full swing in Chinatown
CHINATOWN, Manhattan — The Chinese New Year Parade is one of the biggest spectacles of Chinatown. It’s an explosion of light and sound involving bell ringing, fire cracker lighting, colorful costumes and the traditional lion and dragon dances. The Lunar New Year is the most important in the Chinese calendar and is based on the phases of the moon.