Welcoming a New Year in an Old Neighborhood

This old neighborhood in Lower Manhattan has been known as “Chinatown” since the mid-eighteenth century.

While it hasn’t been the center of New York’s Chinese life for decades, the area remains the city’s oldest and best-known Chinatown (New York’s other Chinatowns are located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and Flushing, Queens) and it is still the site of the region’s largest lunar New Year celebration.

Today, the narrow, twisting streets were filled beyond capacity as thousands of people squeezed in to buy souvenirs, cheer the dancers, drummers and marchers, and twist the cardboard tubes of confetti shooters ($5 each! Three for $10!) until their contents exploded, showering the crowd with shiny paper and foil.

This year, as the parade welcoming the Year of the Rat drew to a end, a sudden, fierce snowstorm erupted. The swirling white flakes mixed with the brightly-colored steamers, delighting the children, quickly clearing out the celebrants and creating a memorable close to this chilly, festive day.

New Year’s decorations for sale on Mott Street

The streets were packed

The star of the day, the New Year’s Rat

Getting a good view of the parade

Boy with a lion costume

Displaying white lion mask

Good thing Dad is tall

Some kids can’t see a thing

Wearing mouse ears to honor the Rat

Grown-ups wore mouse ears, too

Metallic streamers landed in her hair

Father & daughter try to trigger confetti shooter

Boy with confetti shooter

Girl with New Year’s sweets

Paper dragon in a storefront

Enthralled by the spectacle

A smile as big as the parade

Girl having a great time

The air was filled with confetti

That isn’t just paper falling!

It’s snowing!

The crowd starts to clear out

Soon only the police are left walking through the storm

15 Responses to Welcoming a New Year in an Old Neighborhood

  1. Hi Annula, Thanks for visiting my site, yeh I thought lets make som series form Windmills and forest and other subjects, I’m flattered that you laik it,

    Youe Cannaval is so welldone, as if I were there at the moment, friendly people also and everybody looks so happy….

    Greetings fromDUTCH JOANN


  2. ex-shammy says:

    Thanks for your knid comments about my beautiful new grandson. I think I’m going to enjoy my new role as Nana! Callum is my first grandchild, and I just know we’re going to have so much fun together.


  3. photowannabe says:

    Those are such darling pictures of the children enjoying the parade. I loved the whole series.


  4. isabella says:

    So colorful! Mr Rat is very hip!


  5. Trotter says:

    Hi Annula, lovely parade pictures! It’s amazing how the snow storm left only policemen in the streets… ;)
    Thanks for your comments at Blogtrotter, where I’m still strolling around the streets of Sofia.
    Have a great weekend!


  6. Lori says:

    You always have the best photos of people. You have a real knack for that. These photos are great and so colorful! I enjoyed them all!


  7. moi says:

    It must have been such fun! Loved the series (as always). Great to see people from all walks of life coing in to enjoy the Chinese new year celebrations!!!! Essence of a great city lies in its diversity, isn;t it!!! :)


  8. b.c. says:

    hi–just popping in-your pics really captured the spirit and fun–loveed seeing them–i heart nyc forever…


  9. Pendullum says:

    Thank you! Thank You!
    Thank Yuu!


  10. Hey… still celebrating new years?
    I hope you are doing fine… How are you doing there, still cold eeeh?

    Have a great weekend
    Visit my blog, see my abract Skies.
    JoAnn from Holland


  11. Olivier says:

    une superbe série de portraits,bravo
    the superb series of portraits, bravo


  12. Trotter says:

    Hey, we are missing some new posts here and some comments everywhere else…
    The Rat is already one month old! :)
    Have a great weekend!


  13. photowannabe says:

    Annula, missing your posts and great views of NYC. Hope things are ok. I know that sometimes Life just gets in the way.
    Take care and have a nice weekend.


  14. Trotter says:

    Hopefully, everything is fine with you!
    So, I’ll tell you what I’m doing… ;)))
    Just finished my Greek Islands 2006 adventure with a post on Cretan Towns at Blogtrotter. Since it’s Easter time, also made a post with some lousy pictures on Easter in Prague (1997) at Revival 90s.
    Enjoy your Easter Eggs and have a great long weekend!


  15. Great festive photos!! I can’t believe I missed all these excitment.


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