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Sydney Chinese New Year Festival

It's Going to Be the Year of the Dragon

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Sydney Chinese New Year merrymakers put on festive attire

Sydney Chinese New Year merrymakers put on festive attire

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The 2013 Chinese New Year — the Year of the Snake — has arrived in Sydney and the rest of the world.

A highlight of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival in 2013, as on previous years, is the Chinese New Year parade held this year on February 17.

The 2013 Sydney parade took place at twilight and started at Sydney Town Hall, then proceeded through the streets of Chinatown.

A Chinese New Year fireworks display took place after the parade.

Road closures

Road closures were in effect along the route of the Sydney Chinese New Year twilight parade.

Dragon boat races

The traditional Chinese New Year dragon boat races are scheduled to be held at Darling Harbour's Cockle Bay on February 23 and 24.

The festival

The 2013 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival opened on February 8 with the holding of the Festival Markets at Belmore Park adjacent to Central Station. The festival continues until February 24.

Chinese New Year dates

The 2013 Chinese New Year of the Snake began on February 10. The 2014 Chinese New Year of the Horse begins on January 31.

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