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Happy Lunar New Year – From New York – A Photo Essay

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Lions and dragons were everywhere as Manhattan’s Chinatown celebrated the Year of the Fire Rooster.  Tens of thousands gleefully enjoyed the festivities during the 18th annual Lunar New Year parade, which offered cultural treats for all under warm cloudy skies and confetti-covered streets. How fitting this year as it’s the rooster that rudely awakens us during the first light of morning; may we all be entertained by his barnyard strut across the globe.

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20170205©DAYLunarNewYear4813.jpg Thousands of performers and spectators celebrate The Year of the Fire Rooster during the 18th Annual Lunar New Year festivities in Manhatan Chinatown.

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20170205©DAYLunarNewYear4743.jpg Thousands of performers and spectators celebrate The Year of the Fire Rooster during the 18th Annual Lunar New Year festivities in Manhatan Chinatown. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer marching in the Lunar Parade.

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20170205©DAYLunarNewYear5108.jpg Thousands of performers and spectators celebrate The Year of the Fire Rooster during the 18th Annual Lunar New Year festivities in Manhatan Chinatown.

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20170205©DAYLunarNewYear4794.jpg Thousands of performers and spectators celebrate The Year of the Fire Rooster during the 18th Annual Lunar New Year festivities in Manhatan Chinatown.

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Jeff Day, an independent photographer based in New York City, documents city life celebrations and the renewal of historical tradition in contemporary voice in the streets. He is completing two books, New Orleans Black and White and New York Street.  A lifelong sailor, Jeff has also documented the water’s edge and shore towns of New York, New England, the Gulf Coast, and Eastern Spain.

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All copyrighted photos courtesy of Jeff Day.