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Uptown Parade Celebrates Chinese New Year

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Dozens of people gathered in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood this afternoon for a parade celebrating the Chinese New Year.

Dancers hoisted a golden dragon on sticks as they made their way down Argyle Street and lions danced their way into shops and restaurants along the route, while drummers kept time nearby.

The parade is still new and many people said they were going for the first time – happy to have it so close to home.

Those who came out in a light snow were rewarded with red paper lanterns, red beads and candies wrapped in red shiny packaging.

The color is supposed to ward off bad luck and the color gold is supposed to bring wealth in this is new year – the year of the horse.

After the parade, restaurants along Argyle and Broadway serving Chinese, Korean and Thai food were full of customers.

The larger parade in Chinatown is tomorrow from 1-3.

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