Kung Fu demonstrations, lion dancers, elaborate costumes, Chinese dragons, gorgeous floats, and acrobatics are just a few things you would typically expect from the annual Chinese New Year Parade in D.C. But, this year the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce has something fresh and spectacular cooked up for the Lunar New Year.Picture 22

According to Chinese Legend, this year is the Year of the Tiger, and people born in it will be physically powerful, gracious, independent, brave, and extremely bold people who are instilled with a great dose of courage. As a result, they are capable to achieve great goals. In celebration of this special year, a 5-story high firecracker will be lit off during the parade at 3:45 pm. Also, more than 4,000 red good-luck charms will be spread among the crowd during the parade.