The Chinese New Year Parade. It’s all about the confetti.

February 3, 2014 |  Category:   holidays life nyc













Love those days when you wake up in the morning with no plans, but in a moment of spontaneity, end up having one of those great NYC days. I’ve never taken the girls to the Chinese New Year Parade and have never gone myself, though I did live in Chinatown when I was 18 and remember watching the crowds pass by from my apartment. It was raining that particular year and the memory that is most vivid is seeing the tops of all those colorful umbrellas from my 2nd story window.


Usually the thought of going to any parade is quickly chased away by visions of shivering in the cold and tethering the kids to my body for fear of losing them among the overbearing throngs of people lined up 6 deep on the sidewalk, but it was 55 degrees today. Apparently with the winter we’ve been having, 55 feels like summer.

So, about that confetti…who knew little bits of paper could be so much fun?

Happy Year of the Horse.

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  • Cee February 3, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Nothing like a little bit of color in the middle of winter! Your pictures are lovely, Jenna. It inspires me to take more photos!

    One of these days I’ll make it there for the parade. I’ve lived in New York for over 6 years now, and have never seen it! I did make mandoo, though, so I did celebrate in my own way. Happy New Year!

    • Jenna February 4, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Well, Cee, it took me most of my life before I’ve seen the parade properly! I think in years past I’ve been in the general area so have seen dragons go by, but there is something different of course, in being in the middle of it all with the confetti.

  • Belle February 4, 2014 at 2:05 am

    We aaaaaalmost went too! Now I wish we would have! Looks like such a magical time for the little ones :)

    • Jenna February 4, 2014 at 9:42 am

      The crowds always scared me, and it’s impossible to push a stroller with the crowds, which is never pleasant in Chinatown anyway. If you do go, never stand anywhere on canal st. or Mott. When we took the train over the bridge, we saw the end of the parade route and those streets were still relatively empty.

  • Miriam February 4, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Fun pics! do you mind if I share this post on my site/FB page?

    • Jenna February 4, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Sure! As long as you credit/link back properly. Thanks!

      • Miriam February 4, 2014 at 12:13 pm

        Thanks! Have pinned to my Chinese New Year Pinterest board. There is a clickable link to your site, funny, didn’t know you could do that! Thanks again, let me know if this is ok.