The Lunar New Year parade returned to the streets of Chinatown this weekend.
The festival featured dancers, dragons and dozens of community groups gathered for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the event in 2021 and 2022.
Thousands gathered on the streets to watch and wave at performances and cultural groups, along with local politicians and companies who participated, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, official opposition leader Pierre Poilievre and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh. Premier David Eby, and Ken Sim, Vancouver's first mayor of Chinese heritage also joined in.
Nicely arranged at today's Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown— Jeff Wilson (@jeffwilsonart) January 22, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim, NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh, Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre and BC Premier, David Eby pic.twitter.com/H9XDupZF1R
The Lunar New Year marks the beginning of the traditional lunisolar calendar used in China and other Asian countries.
The year we're entering is the Year of the Rabbit.