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Lunar Day Parade 2024: Expect road closures in Vancouver Sunday

The parade, which starts and ends near the Chinese Cultural Center in Chinatown, is expected to draw thousands of people.

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Vancouver’s annual Lunar New Year Parade will celebrate the Year of the Dragon in downtown Vancouver on Sunday.

Large crowds of people are expected, so if you’re heading to Chinatown you may want to take note of road closures and parade times.

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The parade, which starts and ends near the Chinese Cultural Center in Chinatown, is expected to draw thousands of people, according to the Vancouver Police Department, which said it will have additional officers working in the area.

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When it starts?

This year, the parade begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 1:30 p.m., although Lunar New Year festivities will continue throughout the afternoon in the neighborhood.

The route

The 1.3 kilometer route begins at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street (between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street), continues east on Pender Street, turns south on Gore Street, turns west on Keefer Street, and then ends at Keefer at Abbott.

Road closures

To accommodate the parade, there will be road closures on Sunday between 6am and 4pm on sections of the following streets:

•Main Street
•Pender Street (east and west)
•Beatty Street
•Abbott Street
•Taylor Street
•Shanghai Alley
•Colombia Street
•Quebec Street
• Carrall Street
• Keefer Street and Keefer Place
•East Georgia Street
•Gore Avenue

The City of Vancouver says alleys in the parade area will be closed, including access to private parking lots. Residents of Taylor Street and Shanghai Alley will have vehicular access to Keefer Place, westbound only.

Vancouver police will help with the crowd

Vancouver police officers will divert vehicle traffic off the parade route, help manage large crowds and respond to any public safety concerns.

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“We are excited to be part of the 50th anniversary Lunar New Year parade and will have a significant police presence throughout Chinatown to ensure it is a safe, fun and family-friendly event,” Superintendent Andrew Chan said. who oversees the VPD’s deployment for the Lunar New Year.

Archive photograph of the Lunar New Year Parade. (Staff photo by Arlen Redekop/PNG) Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNG

Tips for Sunday’s parade

• Plan ahead and arrive early. Getting around will be a challenge due to the number of people we expect in the neighborhood.
• Arriving early will ensure you have a good spot along the parade route and you won’t be frustrated by traffic delays.
• Anticipate significant traffic disruptions and limited parking. Consider taking the SkyTrain to Main Street-Science World or Stadium Station, then walk to the parade route.
• For those attending with small children, establish a meeting point in case you get separated.
•Consider writing a parent’s name and phone number on a piece of paper and putting it in your child’s pocket, and encourage him or her to approach a police officer if he or she needs help.
• If you need help, call a VPD officer or call 911 in an emergency.

(Source: VPD)

Additional road closures

The first half presented by Blue Shore Financial will also take place on Sunday starting at 8:30 am.

To accommodate the installation, Drake Street will be closed from Pacific Boulevard to Marinaside Crescent from 9 a.m. Saturday until 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Further traffic and parking restrictions will be implemented on Sunday from 5am.

Other Lunar New Year festivities

For a list of other festivities taking place this weekend, visit Lunar New Year 2024 events in Metro Vancouver: Here’s what’s happening.

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