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It was cold and confetti-ful at this year Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown. Gothamist shivered along with other New Yorkers, Asian and non, and even some bloggers, Asian and non, as we waited for the parade to start. People were warming up by firing projectiles of colorful confetti on Mott Street. Finally, the parade got started, with Senator Charles Schumer at the front; he wasn't wearing a hat, which impressed Gothamist with his hardiness. There were marching bands (even Irish bagpipers), lion and dragon dancers, plus a procession of floats.

More and more photographs at Bluejake.

There are promotions at many Chinatown restaurants until February 8: Lunch prix-fixe three-course meals for $8.88 and dinner prix-fixe meals for $18.88. [Via Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of NY]