NY Lunar New Year parade marks Year of the Dragon

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Associated Press

Posted on January 29, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 29 at 7:33 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's Chinese community is celebrating the luckiest year on the lunar calendar with a parade through the streets of Manhattan. The parade is marking the Year of the Dragon.

The annual spectacle of floats, musicians, acrobats and giant dragons winds through Chinatown over several hours.

The new year began Monday. In ancient times the dragon was a symbol reserved for the Chinese emperor, and it is considered to be an extremely auspicious sign.

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APPHOTO NYKW112: Dragon dancers parade down East Broadway during the Chinese Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, in New York. The parade marks the Year of the Dragon, which is the luckiest sign in the Chinese zodiac. In ancient times the dragon was a symbol reserved for the Chinese emperor, and it is considered to be an extremely auspicious sign. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (29 Jan 2012)

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APPHOTO VCRD118: A makeshift dragon, symbolizing 2012, the year of the dragon, adorns the bicycle helmet of a spectator during the Chinese New Year parade in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday Jan. 29, 2012. The parade is one of the largest in North America, drawing 50,000 people to the streets of Chinatown. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck) (29 Jan 2012)

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APPHOTO VCRD116: Dancers perform with a dragon during the Chinese New Year parade in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday Jan. 29, 2012. The parade is one of the largest in North America, drawing 50,000 people to the streets of Chinatown. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck) (29 Jan 2012)

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APPHOTO NYKW111: Children line the barricades along East Broadway during the Chinese Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown in New York, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. The parade marks the Year of the Dragon, which is the luckiest year on the lunar calendar. In ancient times the dragon was a symbol reserved for the Chinese emperor. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (29 Jan 2012)

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APPHOTO NYKW109: Lion dancers converge along Mott Street during the Chinese Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown in New York, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. The parade marks the Year of the Dragon, which is the luckiest year on the lunar calendar. In ancient times the dragon was a symbol reserved for the Chinese emperor. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (29 Jan 2012)

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APPHOTO NYKW108: A member of a Chinese dance group from Beijing adjusts her Yunan province headdress before appearing in the Chinese Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown in New York, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. The parade marks the Year of the Dragon, which is the luckiest year on the lunar calendar. In ancient times the dragon was a symbol reserved for the Chinese emperor. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (29 Jan 2012)

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APPHOTO NYKW107: Spectators, some holding Chinese flags, watch from behind barricades during the Chinese Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown in New York, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. The parade marks the Year of the Dragon, which is the luckiest year on the lunar calendar. In ancient times the dragon was a symbol reserved for the Chinese emperor. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (29 Jan 2012)

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