Chinatown Celebrates the Year of the Monkey

To kick off New Year festivities, Asian Americans lit firecrackers, watched lion dancers, and bought stuffed monkeys.

Dancers are ready to perform at the Chinese New Year celebrations at the Firecracker Ceremony in Sarah D. Roosevelt Park. Chinatown, New York. 2016.

Dancers ready to perform at the Chinese New Year celebrations at the Firecracker Ceremony in Sarah D. Roosevelt Park. Chinatown, New York. 2016. (Photo: Lana Lee)

Hundreds of people gathered at Sarah D. Roosevelt Park in Chinatown Monday afternoon for Chinese New Year celebrations. Despite a brief flurry of snow earlier in the day, a firecracker ceremony started off the event without a hitch.

“We got here a little bit late because of the snow,” said Laura Martinez, a New York resident from Brooklyn. “We weren’t sure if it was going to still be on but we got here right in time for all the fireworks. It’s my first time in New York experiencing Chinese New Year, so I was happy.”

Bursts of confetti showered the crowd sporadically, while loud music blared from speakers throughout the park. Lion dancers shimmied their way to the park surrounded by onlookers trying to snap photos, and vendors sold primate-themed souvenirs representing the Year of the Monkey.

A woman with her Year of the Monkey souvenir at the Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony in Sarah D. Roosevelt Park. 2016 Chinatown, New York. 2016.

A woman holds her Year of the Monkey souvenir at the Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony in Sarah D. Roosevelt Park. 2016 Chinatown, New York. 2016. (Photo: Lana Lee)

“We have a huge crowd as usual,” said Tommy Li, a coordinator for Better Chinatown, which helped organize the event. “Snow, rain or shine, we’re here for the celebration. Everybody just celebrate the new year.”

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