Annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade

early to Mid February
Vancouver, British Columbia

The very first Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade was organized by the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver in 1974.  The event was an instant success and has since become a very popular annual community attraction in Vancouver’s Chinatown.

According to the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade is ranked as one of the city’s three largest non-commercial annual parades.

The theme of the Chinese New Year Parade is the celebration of the new Chinese Lunar Year in conjunction with the many diverse and multicultural groups within the community. 

The parade features the largest assembly of traditional lion dance teams in Canada with over 50 colorful and energetic lions from the various local fraternal and martial arts organizations. 

Other highlights include multicultural dance groups representing the diverse segments of the Canadian cultural heritage, the Vancouver Police Department Motorcycle Drill Team, marching bands and various community groups. 

The parade consists of more than 60 non-commercial entries from various local multicultural community groups with an estimated total of 3,000 participants.  The parade has attracted over 50,000 spectators along the parade route and many more television viewers for Omni’s parade coverage.

The parade route is is more than a kilometer long and usually starts on Pender Street at the intersection of Columbia, travelling east along Pender Street, south onto Gore Street, west onto Keefer Street, and then west along Keefer Street to disperse at Keefer and Columbia.

As with all outdoor events at this time of year, be prepared for changes in the weather and for delays in getting home after the event as the streets are very often jam packed with long line ups for the buses and pubic transit. Make sure you have water and comfortable shoes.

For more information about the Annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade visit the official web site at:

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