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The Chinese New Year Parade celebrates the Lunar New Year (this year it is the "Year of the Rabbit 4709") and marches right through the middle of Chicago's Chinatown. There is very limited street parking (off the parade route of course) and two paid lots at 21st/Wentworth and 24th/Wentworth. These lots are guaranteed to fill up quickly and early. The Chinatown New Year Parade celebrating the Lunar New Year, “Year of the RABBIT 4709” will include marching bands, floats, lion teams, a100’ Mystical Dragon, and Miss Friendship Ambassador. Please join us to welcome the New Year as we convey “Gung Hay Fat Choi” to all in attendance.

According to tales and legends, the beginning of Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nien. Nien would come on the first day of New Year to devour livestock, crops, and even villagers, especially children. To protect themselves, the villagers would put food in front of their doors at the beginning of every year. It was believed that after the Nien ate the food they prepared, it wouldn’t attack any more people. One time, people saw that the Nien was scared away by a little child wearing red. The villagers then understood that the Nien was afraid of the colour red. Hence, every time when the New Year was about to come, the villagers would hang red lanterns and red spring scrolls on windows and doors. People also used firecrackers to frighten away the Nien. From then on, Nien never came to the village again. The Nien was eventually captured by Hongjun Laozu, an ancient Taoist monk. The Nien became Hongjun Laozu's mount.

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