In Pictures: London parade celebrates Chinese New Year

The event marks the Year of the Pig.

Press Association
Last updated: 10 February 2019 - 2.10pm

Crowds gathered in London’s Chinatown for a colourful parade celebrating Chinese New Year.

This year’s event marks the Year of the Pig.

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Spectators were treated to traditional lion dances and martial arts displays – and many dressed up for the occasion.

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Chinese New Year is a two-week festival with elements dating as far back as 2000BC.

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Time for a selfie amid the festivities…

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