Though the Chinese New Year doesn't officially start until Jan. 31, hundreds of Hamilton residents went to city hall on Saturday to usher in the coming Year of the Horse. 

Organized by the Chinese Association of Hamilton, the Hamilton Police Service and the city, the celebration featured performances of traditional Chinese music and dance, as well as speeches from dignitaries, including Hongru Zhong, China's consul general in Toronto. 

Victor Oh, a Singapore-born member of the Canadian Senate, also made an address, during which he explained the significance of the Year of the Horse.

"The Year of the Horse is about rapid development and prosperity," the Mississauga resident said, wishing Hamilton economic success in the new year. 

To see pictures of the event, click through the gallery at the top of the page.