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Chinese New Year parade in Boston

Weather didn't stop the lion dances Sunday.
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    The Nam Pai group appear at Jade Garden on Tyler Street. |Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

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    The Nam Pai group crush the greens, or "cai qing", at Jade Garden on Tyler Street. <|Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

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    The weather didn't keep people away as the Chinese New Year parade drew plenty of sp|Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

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    Jing Jing Han and Ruo Han Yang pose with a 'baby lion" portrayed by Nola Chung of t|Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

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    Fireworks punctuate the lion dance the Woo Ching Group does on Harrison Avenue.

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    Michael and Dylan Kit check out the parade.|Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

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    Joanne Zhao and Thea Anderson take a break from medical research to watch the parad|Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

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    The Hong Gar Group's lion dance makes its way to China Pearl.|Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

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    The Hong Gar Group's lion makes its way into the offices of Sunshine Travel.

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    Tips can include oranges for the lion dancers today at Sunshine Travel.

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    Hong Gar Group's lion at Winsor Dim-Sum.|Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

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    Mr Li of the Hong Gar Group with a quick breakfast as he follows his group's lion d|Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

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    Nam Pai Academy's lion dance at Golden Gate.|Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

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    Nam Pai Academy's lion dance makes its way into Chinatown Gifts.|Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

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    A lion dancing down Beech Street.|Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

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    Banners wave on Beech Street. |Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

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    The Gung Ho Club crush the greens, or "cai qing", at the New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant|Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

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    Theresa So guides the lions in the parade.|Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

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    Wah Lum Kung Fu Association's lion dance appears at the Happy Family Food Market.

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    Beech Street Chinatown.|Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

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    The Gung Ho Club lion dance on Harrison Ave. |Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

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    Andrew Moise of the Oom Young Doe School's Newton location performs martial arts for|Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

Troops of colorful lion dancers, drums, cymbals and firecrackers took over Chinatown Sundayfor the annual Chinese Near Year Parade.

Wind and snow grounded the dragon dances this year, but couldn't stop the parade, whichwoundits traditional display around Kneeland Street, Essex Street, Harrison Ave, and several smaller side streets.

The parade stepped off at 11 a.m., but the festivities, feasts and more carried on well into the afternoon.

The parade marks the biggest annual celebration inBoston's Chinatown, home to the third largest Chinese community in the U.S. In China, this celebration is known as theSpring Festivalbecause it marks the beginning of warmer weather.

Chinese New Year begins on thefirst day of the first monthin the traditional lunar calendar, which fallson a date between January 21 and February 20.

The lion dancesare believed todrive away evil spirits andbring good luck, and are the perfect way to start the New Year.


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