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Chinese New Year in Paris: Bringing in the Year of the Horse

By February 1, 2014

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A very happy year of the Wood Horse! From February 2nd, and guaranteed to lend a splash of much-needed color and vibrancy to a city still steeped in wintery quiet, Chinese New Year 2014 festivities will begin in Paris. The Franco-Chinese community-- and Parisians of all backgrounds-- are celebrating the year of the cheval du bois from the 2nd through the 9th of the month with traditional, ultra-colorful parades set to take the streets by storm in several areas of the city. Dramatic dragons, red lanterns, paper fish, dance troupes and firecrackers populate the lively processions which wind through Paris and wake locals up from their semi-hibernation. Find out where to celebrate in 2014, and learn about how the Chinese community in Paris ushers in their new year. Need some inspiration? Check out About.com Paris Travel Contributor Gus Turner's colorful photo essay of Chinese New Year celebrations in 2013.

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