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.

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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.

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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.

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