Chinese New Year parade attended by thousands despite rain

From politicians to traditional Chinese dancers, more than 3,000 participants danced and marched their way through Chinatown for the annual parade.

More than 3,000 performers danced and marched their way through Chinatown

Dancers jumped on top of each other to simulate the movements of a lively dragon during Vancouver's Lunar New Year parade. (CBC)

Tens of thousands of people braved wet conditions for the 43rd annual Lunar New Year parade in Vancouver's Chinatown.

In recent years, the parade has seen as many as 100,000 people in attendance, however for 2016, the event didn't have the same kind of turnout.

"I think the rain might have some impact on the people," said Jun Ing, a parade organizer. "I'm hoping to have at least half or even more."

Those who did brave the rain saw more than 3,000 marchers on 76 teams make their way along a 1.3 kilometre route around Chinatown.

With his son on his shoulders, Brad Reine admitted his family was soaked but they maintained their high spirits.

"It's a Vancouver morning, nothing different," said the father.

"We weren't going to let it dampen our mood. We're here to have a good time."

Politicians from all levels of government were on-hand to meet constituents and recognize the occasion.

CBC Vancouver also participated. The team resurrected their balloon dragon, hoping to bring good luck to all those they passed.


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