Raw: Crowds Gather for Chinese New Year Parade

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Performers dressed as food, colorful floats, and dragons made their way down a busy street in Hong Kong for the annual parade celebrating the Chinese New Year. (Jan. 31)

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Hong Kong - January 31, 2014

1. Mid giant dragon being carried by performers

2. Mid performers dressed as chefs and food items dancing in front of crowd

3. Wide float sponsored by Hong Kong Jockey Club

4. Tight golden-colored racing horse standing on top of a float

5. Mid child waving on top of father's shoulders

6. Mid spectators

7. Wide crowd and dancers performing dragon dance

8. Wide cheerleaders dancing

9. Wide crowd watching parade behind barriers

10. Mid Cathay Pacific float

11. Mid Cathay Pacific flight attendants walking and waving

STORYLINE:

Crowds packed the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, one of the busiest shopping districts of Hong Kong, on Friday to watch the traditional Chinese New Year parade.

The annual event usually marks the first day of the lunar new year.

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2014 is the year of the horse.

Several troupes of street dancers performed before the official start of the 100-minute-long extravaganza.

Some of those in the crowd secured their spectator positions earlier in the afternoon.

Hong Kong has three days of holiday to mark the lunar new year, spanning the weekend, including Monday.

A firework show will mark the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations on Saturday, February 1.

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