CHINESE NEW YEAR
Date: 14th Feb 2010
Time: 11:00 - 19:00
Where: Chinatown and Albert Square
Thousands of people are expected in Manchester city centre for the annual Chinese New Year celebrations.
Music, dancing and firecrackers are all being lined up to welcome in the Year of the Tiger (Sunday 14 February 2010.)
The traditional dragon parade will follow its usual route, starting at Manchester Town Hall at 1pm.
It will finish in Chinatown where the crowds will be entertained by Kung Fu demonstrations, Shaolin monks, acrobatics and spectacular fireworks.
The Sunday that marks Chinese New Year in Manchester is one of the most colourful and lively events in the city's calendar.
The highlight of the day is the 175ft long dragon parade which will weave its way down past the crowds down Princess Street, starting at the Town Hall at 1pm.
Look out for the spectacular Dragon and Lion Dance as the parade turns up Faulkner Street towards the Chinese Arch and the money god giving away lucky red-packets.
Organisers this year are also putting on Kung Fu demonstrations and performances from Shaolin monks which should follow the parade from 2pm.
Expect huge crowds in Chinatown which will be bursting with street stalls offering Chinese arts and crafts, oriental food, Chinese traditional medicine, calligraphy, Chinese costumes, jewellery, ornamental objects, fortune telling and free food tasting stalls.
New Year festivities will conclude with a spectacular firework display starting at 6pm.