NEW YORK (AP) - You don't have to be in Asia to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Dragon, Jan. 23.
From New York City to Vancouver, there are parades, performances and other events marking the Lunar or Chinese New Year in many North American cities.
In New York City, the Lunar New Year Parade & Festival takes place Jan. 29 in Manhattan's Chinatown, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event winds through parts of Lower Manhattan, including Little Italy, the Lower East Side and Mott and Canal streets in the heart of Chinatown.
In the city's Flushing, Queens, neighborhood, which is also home to a large Asian population, a parade is scheduled for Feb. 4 kicking off at 11 a.m. Other holiday events include a Lunar New Year "Dance Sampler" with performers from all over Asia, Feb. 4, 2 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
In Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada, a parade is scheduled for Jan. 29 at noon starting at Millennium Gate on Pender Street, with a cultural fair planned as well. The neighboring city of Richmond, which is 65 percent Asian and easily reachable by train from Vancouver, is also a center of new year activities, including special menus at some of the 200-plus Asian eateries on Alexandra Road, along with performances, demonstrations and other events at the city's three large Hong Kong-inspired malls. Richmond's International Buddhist Temple also hosts new year events, including a flower bazaar Jan. 18-Jan. 23 and a chant and group prayer 10 p.m. to midnight Jan. 22.
In California, San Francisco's events include a parade Feb. 11, a flower market fair Jan. 14-15, a 10K and 5K run on Feb. 19 and a celebration at the San Francisco Zoo Jan. 29. In Los Angeles, the Golden Dragon Parade is scheduled for Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. along North …