Chinese New Year – traditional Lunar New Year celebration from New York City’s Chinatown annually. The date varies from mid January to mid February.

February Black History month is celebrated throughout the city with exhibits, concerts, films and lectures Westminster Kennel Club Dog show in mid February at Madison Square Garden

National Antiques Show at Madison Square Garden

March International Cat Show St. Patrick’s Day Parade – one of the city’s most exuberant annual celebrations Greek Independence Day (March 25) New York Flower Show (end of the month) Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus at Madison Square Garden

New Directors; New Films at the Museum of Modern Art

April Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue

Cherry Blossom Festival

May Ukranian Festival in the East Village Ninth Avenue Food Festival Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade – honors Dr. King and the civil rights movement Norwegian Day Parade India Festival Czechoslovak Festival Salute to Israel Parade

Washington Square Outdoor Art Festival

June Metropolitan Opera and New York Philharmonic summer series SummerStage series at the bandstand in Central Park Lincoln Center Out of Doors performing Arts Festival Shakespeare in the Park Festival at the Delacorte Theater Museum Mile Festival Mermaid Parade Festival of St. Anthony Rose Day Weekend at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade JVC Jazz Festival

Lesbian and Gay Pride Day Parade on Fifth Avenue

July 4th of July fireworks over the Hudson or the East River Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center Serious Fun Festival at Lincoln Center to celebrate the avant garde performing arts Summergarden Concerts featuring Julliard School musicians African Street Festival Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast of the Gigolo in Brooklyn. A huge tower is carried on a platform by 250 men as they dance through the streets

O-Bon Festival at Riverside Park

August Harlem Week features films, food, fashion shows, concerts, and sports competitions Ecudorian Festival in Flushing. Queens India Day Parade

US Open Tennis Tournment

September West Indian American Day Carnival Wigstock in Tompkins Square Park Brazillian Carnival Feast of San Gennaro Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit New York is Book Cøuntry Von Steuben Day Parade on Fifth Avenue African American Day Parade in Harlem featuring hundreds of bands

Korean Harvest and Folklore Festival

October Pulaski Parade Hispanic Day Parade Blessing of the Animals Columbus Day Parade

Greenwich Village Halloween Parade

November Veterans’ Day Parade Native American Film and Video Festival. It features 100 works by more than 60 filmmakers Chocolate Show The ultimate event for chocoholics Thanksgiving Day Parade

Begins at Central Park West at 77th St., then down Broadway to Macy’s, Herald Square (34th St.), finishing at Seventh Ave. (212) 494-4495

December Tree lighting ceremony Lighting of the Hanukkah menorah Kwanzaa Holiday expo Radio City Christmas Spectacular.at Radio City Music Hall Christmas in New York City Displays: Special decorations are displayed at various places, including Rockefeller Center and in major department store windows New Year’s Eve in New York City – Times Square New Year’s Eve dropping of the Big Apple ball from the top of Times Tower

New Year’s Eve First Night New York – family-oriented visual and performing arts celebration