Generally Speaking: Lunar Parade ignites and excites Brooklyn Asian community
New York City’s largest Chinese-American community, which now centers predominately in the Sunset Park area, held its 28th annual parade in celebration of the Lunar New Year.
This year’s festive event was somewhat challenging for those seeking tradition consistency. While at this parade the celebrants were heralding the “Year of the Ram,” other Asian and Pacific Islander groups were calling it the Year of the Goat, Lamb or Sheep!
In any event, the local Chinese population came out in big numbers to enjoy the parade, balloons drops, fireworks and the entertainment on the large outdoor stage stretched across Eighth Avenue at 50th Street. The parade route ran from 50th to 60th Street.
Among the performing groups were the nursery school children from the day care facilities operated by the Brooklyn Chinese American Association. Prior to the kickoff of the parade, there was a gigantic fireworks display in a controlled space a few feet in front of the performance stage, followed by a huge red and gold balloon drop. Colorful costumed lion dancers added to the festivities and performed along the parade’s line of march.