Celebrating Chinese New Year Parade Vancouver 2015 Year of the Goat. Gung Hay Fat Choi!

恭喜發財! Gung Hay Fat Choi! (Happy New Year!)
This year’s 2015 Vancouver’s Chinese New Year Parade starts at 11:00 am on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015, and takes two and a half hours to complete. The 1.5 km parade route winds through Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, starting at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street (between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street), proceeding east along Pender Street, turning south onto Gore Street, then west onto Keefer Street before ending at Keefer and Taylor.

One of my favourite annual events, the Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade in Vancouver’s Chinatown, is one of the largest annual parades in the city. The parade closes car traffic on E. Pender and Main Street and draws over 50,000 spectators each year.

Tips for Enjoying the Vancouver Chinatown Parade

If you want to feel like you’re in the parade, get there early, maybe even two hours early. Find a ringside location either side of E. Pender St between Main St and Columbia, you’ll have a great time, get handed out sweets by Vancouver’s politicos including Mayor Robertson, and have a great view.

Vancouver City Councillor Raymond Louie handing out Lucky envelopes.
Vancouver City Councillor Raymond Louie handing out Lucky envelopes.

Enjoy a Vibrant Vancouver Chinatown

Along with the Parade, there are also lots of New Years festivities in the neighbourhood. Chinese New Year is a vibrant time for Chinatown. It reminds us how important the community and neighbourhood are.

Temple Fair at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

2015 Year of the Ram Temple Fair at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden (50 East Pender Street) on Sunday, February 22nd 2015, from 10 am – 4 pm. Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden as the Garden presents a special “The Year of the Ram Temple Fair”, a “Hot and Noisy” (re-nao) public event that’s based on the Spring Festival temple fair where people entertain, trade, greet, celebrate and pray for a prosperous new year. The Chinese Word “Re Nao” is often used to describe the “hustle & bustle” of crowds on the street. All around the world, the Chinese Lunar New Year is one of the most exciting and colorful holidays. Families and individuals come together to wish each other fortune, prosperity and good health. Admission is Free.

For the first time, the Garden will also be presenting the BEIJING SHADOW PLAY ART TROUPE. This is the Vancouver’s chance to appreciate and adore free performances in front of the Garden by one of the world’s best shadow puppet groups.

There are Lion Dances after the parade at some of the Businesses along Keefer. The lion dances will preform after the parade from approximately 2-4pm.

There are also lots of other great street food in Vancouver Chinatown that Satisfy Traditional to Trendy Food Hunger!

The Parade is supported by:
Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver
Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver
Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Association
Chinese Freemasons Vancouver Branch
Shon Yee Benevolent Association

The goats from Maui's Surfing Goat Dairy.
The goats from Maui’s Surfing Goat Dairy.

Year of The Goat in Chinese Astrology

On February 19th 2015 we enter into a new Chinese year (year 4713th within the Chinese calendar), the year of the Yin wood Goat/Sheep Yi Wei. The Goat/Sheep is a robust earth element, and the year is favourable yet again to energy business, air travel, sports, entertainment, restaurants, and the fire element should continue to influence the economy and the stock market. The year of the Goat is also a perfect year to seriously look at your health and diet. – See more at: http://www.fengshuiweb.co.uk/advice/flyingstars2015.htm#sthash.mcPxq9V0.dpuf

恭喜發財! Gung Hay Fat Choi! (Happy New Year!)