"Happy Year of the Rabbit!" Lightfoot wrote. "Today’s Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown was filled with so much music, dancing and joy."
Lightfoot was one of the thousands of attendees in Chicago's Chinatown for its annual Lunar New Year parade and celebration, which started at the intersection of 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue at 1 p.m. and proceeded north on Wentworth toward the viewing stand at Cermak and Wentworth, according to The Pantagraph.
The Chinese New Year, opening the Year of the Rabbit, occurred on Jan. 22.
The parade was hosted by the Chicago Chinatown Community Foundation and included a marching band and ensembles, colorful floats, and traditional dragon and lion dancing teams. According to ABC 7 News, following the recent shootings in Monterey Park, California, during a Lunar New Year celebration, fireworks were not used in Chicago's event. City police also increased patrols on the CTA Red and Green lines, ensuring that transportation services were adequately monitored.
The Chicago Chinatown Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation with the goal of promoting Chinese culture. The organization hosts several annual events, including the Lunar New Year parade, the Chinatown Summer Fair and the Dragon Boat Race, which draws thousands of people to the area.
Chicago's Chinatown is located on the South Side and was founded in 1912. The major tourist destination is home to over 20,000 Chinese-Americans and maintains over 150 restaurants, gift shops and grocery stores.