Golden Dragon Parade and Festival, where dragon dancers, martial artists, folklore and interactive culinary stages make it an all-day affair. Find a spot before the parade begins (at 1 p.m.), then check out Central Plaza's food trucks, vintage fair and artisans; Mandarin Plaza has live music and a beer garden. Head to Taoist Thien Hau Temple on Yale Street to light incense and offer and receive blessings. Lucky red — flowers, sweets, garments and little red envelopes stuffed with $8 — will abound. The faithful don't sweep their houses on New Year's Day; after the cosmic clusterfuck of 2017, why tempt providence?
Maybe the gods are listening, after all. According to the 4,000-year-old Chinese zodiac, 2018 is the Year of Earth Dog: sincere, humble and dedicated to reform, equality and truth. Celebrate auspicious beginnings at Chinatown's 119th annual