New Yorkers ring in the Year of the Rat at Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

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New York's Annual Lunar New Year Day Parade Winds Through Chinatown

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 09: People participate in the annual Lunar New Year Parade in Manhattan’s Chinatown on February 09, 2020 in New York City. This year’s parade comes as China is fighting the growing coronavirus which has killed hundreds and impacted global trade and tourism around the world. As the virus originated in China before quickly spreading, Asian communities have been especially concerned about the virus appearing in their communities. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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CHINATOWN, Manhattan — People of all ages filled Chinatown to ring in the Year of the Rat with the annual Lunar New Year Parade on Sunday.

Colorful confetti lined the streets of Chinatown as Chinese New Year celebrations carried on with symbolic dragons, cultural performances and plenty of energy.

Sue Poon celebrates the Lunar New Year Parade every year.

Originally from Hong Kong, the New York City resident won’t let coronavirus concerns stop her from paying homage to her heritage.

“I don’t care,” Poon said. “I’m not scared. I want to feel the Chinese New Year, and be happy.”

Thousands of spectators came out for the joyous festival as city leaders reminded the public there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in NYC, adding there’s nothing to be afraid of.

“This is a vibrant community and brings so much to the city and we should all be coming up to celebrate happy Lunar New Year, and be coming out in general, great food great culture,” NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams said.

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