Chinese New Year Celebrations in D.C.

Street closures in effect downtown

By Brandon Benavides
|  Sunday, Feb 10, 2013  |  Updated 11:04 AM EDT
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Thousands of people are expected to line the streets Sunday for the Chinese New Year Parade in the Chinatown neighborhood of D.C.

The parade begins at 6th and I Streets, Northwest at 2:00 PM and will end at 6th and H Streets, Northwest. Click here for a map of the parade route. H Street between 6th and 7th Streets, Northwest will be closed until 5:00 p.m. I Street between 5th and 6th Street, Northwest will be closed from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The following streets will also be closed from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.:

  • I Street, NW from 5th Street to 7th Street, NW
  • 7th Street, NW from I Street to G Street, NW
  • G Street, NW from 7th Street to 9th Street, NW
  • 8th Street, NW from G Street to H Street, NW
  • H Street, NW from 8th Street to 6th Street, NW
     

Dragon dancers, lantern girls, high school bands and Kung Fu demos will all be a part of the action.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is expected to take part in the festivities to marking the beginning of the Year of the Snake.

According to Chinese tradition, the snake symbolizes intelligence, gracefulness and materialism. People born during the year of the snake are said to be extremely analytical and precise. 

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