PHOTOS: Victoria ushers in Year of the Pig

Thousands squeezed onto Fisgard Street Sunday to watch the brightness and excitement of Chinese New Year Celebrations.

Temperatures were low but the wind died down in time for the yearly event, which kicked off at 12 p.m. under the Gate of Harmonious Interest.

A Chinese lion dance parade, hosted by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, rang in the Year of the Pig and saw dancers – many of them students from the Victoria Public Chinese School – delight audiences up and down the street.

Chinese New Year began Feb. 5 and is followed by over two weeks of celebrations.

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With files from Nicole Crescenzi.

It was still cold, but fortunately the wind died down for the yearly parade. Thousands came out in winter gear to watch the Chinese New Year celebrations. (Nina Grossman/New staff)
One girl proudly lifts a lion head as she makes her way past crowds on Fisgard Street during the annual Chinese New Year celebration. (Nina Grossman/New staff)
Thousands filled the street on Sunday to see the lion’s dance parade begin under the Gate of Harmonious Interest in Victoria’s Chinatown. (Nina Grossman/New staff)
There was a short break in the snow and wind in time for the yearly Chinese New Year lion’s dance parade. (Submitted)
Chinese New Year began Feb. 5 and marks the 4,717th year in the traditional Chinese calendar. (Nina Grossman/New staff)
The parade was followed by cultural performances and a kung fu demonstration from the Wong Sheung Kung Fu Club. (Nina Grossman/News staff)
A man gives some direction to one of the parade’s “lions” during the yearly Chinese New Year celebrations. (Nina Grossman/News staff)
The Chinese New Year is tied to the lunar calendar and falls between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20 every year. (Nina Grossman/New staff)
Spectators of all ages enjoyed dances and music as the Year of the Pig was celebrated. (Nina Grossman/New staff)
It was still cold, but fortunately the wind died down for the yearly celebration. (Nina Grossman/New staff)

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