. . . chased a dragon down a D.C. street. True, many of Chinatown's residents have left for the suburbs. And yes, the neighborhood's ethnic restaurants now share a block with Starbucks. But the area's historic culture dramatically returns with the bang of celebratory fireworks once a year. Lion dancers fill the street, and the lure of the dragon stirs onlookers. Dragons, in Chinese legend, are benevolent creatures from the heavens that control the wind, mist, rain, thunder and lightning. Some say that if you manage to touch the dragon -- especially its eyes -- you will be lucky for the entire year.
Chinese New Year Parade
2:30 p.m. Sunday
H Street NW, between Fifth and Ninth Streets
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown
Free. 202-638-1041 or 301-577-0001
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