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For Your Weekend: Celebrate Lunar New Year, Black History Month

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    Winter weather has returned just in time for the weekend — so you can ring in the Lunar New Year, run in your undies or commemorate Black History Month in a puffy coat.

    Chinese New Year Parade
    The parade goes from 6th and I St. NW to 6th and H St. NW
    Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.

    The Year of the Pig is upon us! Traditional lion and dragon dances, Kung Fu demonstrations, firecrackers, music and marching bands will take over streets around D.C.'s Chinatown for an annual parade. Here's a map of the parade route.

    A firecracker display is set to go off about 3:45 p.m.

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    Metro Closures

    Don't expect to take the Red Line to the parade: On Feb. 9 and 10, buses will replace Red Line trains between Dupont Circle and Judiciary Square stations.

    The closures come because Metro will install new, brighter lighting at Farragut North, Metro Center and Gallery Place stations — But crews can't work with trains running through, Metro says.

    You can still take Green and Yellow line trains to the Gallery Place stop. In addition to regular bus lines, the Circulator's Yellow Line stops a few blocks away from the parade route. Circulator rides are free this month.

    Chinese New Year Food Specials
    Various Restaurants

    There are plenty of options for eating well. Through Feb. 10, CHIKO (423 8th St SE, Washington, D.C.) is offering a $65 meal celebrating the imperial cuisine of Korea and China. The Source by Wolfgang Puck (575 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, D.C.)is offering a $75 class on making dumplings on Saturday.

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    Tiger Fork (922 N Street NW, Washington, D.C.) will host a celebration from 2 p.m. to 7 p..m Saturday, complete with dancers, King Fu demos and photo ops. They also have a special menu.

    Spoken English (1770 Euclid Street NW, Washington, D.C.) will celebrate the new year with a Year of the Pig-themed, five-course tasting menu. On Feb. 9, the hotel will host a lion dance and dragon blessing in the DC Line lobby.

    D.C. chef Tim Ma's restaurant, American Son (1201 K St NW, Washington, D.C.), has a special Chinese New Year menu, including kung pao pork belly, scallion pancakes and more. 

    Cupid's Undie Run
    801 E. Street NW, Washington, D.C.
    12 p.m. Saturday

    Freeze off all your extremities in the name of charity at Cupid's Undie Run, one of D.C.'s annual pantsless traditions. The run kicks off from Penn Social (801 E Street NW, Washington, D.C.) at 12 p.m. Saturday. You can register for $45 in advance or $50 at the door. Proceeds go to the Children's Tumor Foundation.

    Black History Month

    D.C. has a host of ways to celebrate Black History Month this February, and some particularly cool events are coming up this weekend.

    Saturday at 11 a.m., the Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library will offer a free discussion on black genealogy. Genealogist Andre Kearns hosts "Getting Started: African American Genealogy and DNA Testing" to share his own story and provide tips and tools to novice researchers.

    The Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage will host a free performance of "Black Wall Street" Sunday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. Consider arriving early because free events often reach capacity quickly.

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