Every year hundreds of thousands gather on the West End of London, viewing colourful parades, live performances and tasting Chinese food. The celebration of Lunar New Year usually occurs on the first Sunday after New Year between late January and mid-February. The festivities stretch from Shaftesbury Avenue to Trafalgar Square. The festival organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association (LCCA) features more than 30 groups and dozens of floats at the Chinese Parade, which starts at 10 a.m. with dragon and lion dance in Charing Cross Road.
Entertainment continues at several stages in Trafalgar Square. It includes traditional Chinese dance and music as well as contemporary performers. Food zone is full of trucks serving Chinese holiday specials. Leicester Square hosts a family zone for children with performances, martial arts, and workshops. The celebration ends in Trafalgar Square with huge fireworks.