Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival Celebration & Parade
2013 - Year of the Snake
February 17th, 2013

The 40th Chinese New Year Parade

The renowned Chinese New Year Parade will return in 2013 for the 40th time. To be held on Sunday, February 17th, 2013, this signature event of Vancouver's Chinatown will feature lion dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances and much more. It is hard to believe that the parade will be the 40th in 2013! To celebrate the special occasion, the parade will grow even bigger with some new team entries and will incorporate more multi-cultural contents. This is an annual cultural extravaganza not to be missed. The Year of the Snake in the Chinese Lunar calendar will begin on Sunday February 10th in 2013. Come see the sights and hear the sounds of the festivities!

Highlights for the 40th Parade

The Chinese New Year Parade celebrates the new year of the Chinese lunar calendar and is a fun-filled event for everyone to enjoy. As one of the three largest non-commercial annual parades in Vancouver, the Chinese New Year Parade features the largest assembly of traditional lion dance teams in Canada with dozens of colourful and energetic lions from the various local fraternal and martial arts organizations. Other highlights include multicultural dance troupes representing the diverse segments of our Canadian cultural heritage, the Vancouver Police Department Motorcycle Drill Team, marching bands and various community groups. The parade is expected to feature over sixty entries, bringing over 3,000 participants from various community and cultural groups. It is not surprising that the parade draws over 50,000 spectators along the route each year plus many more that will see it through TV coverage.

Parade Route

The 2013 parade route has been adjusted slightly to facilitate for additional parade participants in the marshalling area. 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 disperses on Keefer at Taylor.

Parade Schedule

To accommodate the longer route and the larger team entries, the parade will start an hour earlier at 11 am on Sunday, February 17th, 2013, and will take about two and a half hours to complete.

Post-Parade Lion Dances

Do not miss all the lion dances throughout Chinatown after the parade. As a Chinese New Year tradition to promote good fortune for the year, some lions will be visiting the shops and businesses in Chinatown. The lions will perform a celebrative dance at each participating shop to bring good luck and prosperity. Come see and hear the lion dances up close. This will start right after the parade from approximately 2 pm to 4 pm.

Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival – Cultural Fair

Come see our Cultural Fair for more Chinese New Year festivities. By popular demand, the Cultural Fair will be held on both days over the weekend on February 16th and 17th. The Fair will be located at the Sun Yat-Sen Plaza (50 East Pender Street) on both days. This celebrative fair will feature multicultural performances, special lion dance grand finale, martial arts demonstration and more.

Performance Schedule:

Saturday, February 16th, 1 pm to 4 pm (with the opening ceremony at 1 pm)
Sunday, February 17th, 2 pm to 4 pm


All events of the 2013 Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival are open to the public. The Chinese New Year Parade and the Cultural Fair have free admission.

Chinese New Year Banquet

The annual Chinese New Year Banquet will once again be held at the Floata Seafood Restaurant (#400-180 Keefer Street), featuring lion dances, ‘good luck’ greetings by the Fortune God and a Chinese variety show with singing, cultural dances and more.

Reception starts at 6 pm. Tickets are $35 each.



Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver
Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver
Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Association
Chinese Freemasons Vancouver Branch
Shon Yee Benevolent Association

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