FOLLOWING a two-year hiatus, the Chinatown Spring Festival Parade is returning to Vancouver this Sunday, January 22. The parade will help to usher in the beginning of Lunar New Year and is a long-standing tradition and celebration of Chinese culture and heritage in Vancouver.
“Lunar New Year symbolizes a time of new beginnings and renewed hope,” said Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim on Friday. “I am delighted that this year the traditional Vancouver Spring Festival Parade returns to Chinatown and that we are once again able to celebrate with our loved ones. I encourage everyone to come out and participate in this amazing event, and keep visiting and supporting local businesses in Chinatown.”
Chinatown Spring Festival Parade
- January 22 at 11 a.m.
- The 1.3-km long route starts at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street (between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street), proceeds east along Pender Street, turns south onto Gore Street, turns west onto Keefer Street and then ends on Keefer at Abbott.
- View a map of the parade route
Plan ahead, expect traffic impacts
To accommodate the parade, road closures will be in effect on Sunday between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on sections of the following streets:
- Main Street
- Pender Street (East and West)
- Beatty Street
- Abbott Street
- Taylor Street
- Shanghai Alley
- Columbia Street
- Quebec Street
- Carrall Street
- Keefer Street and Keefer Place
- East Georgia Street
- Gore Avenue
- Alleys in the parade area will be closed, including access to private parkades. Residents of Taylor Street and Shanghai Alley will have vehicular access to Keefer Place, westbound only.
For more information on the Chinatown Spring Festival Parade, visit the event organizers website.