A confetti-filled Sunday


Hours before confetti started falling from the rafters of Cowboy Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday, revelers in Chinatown were blasting it into the air to mark the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit.

Children and adults alike used confetti cannons to shoot tiny bits of paper into the sky while drums and cymbals provided the soundtrack to the annual Chinese Lunar Year Festival parade. The New Year officially began last Thursday and the celebration stretches for two weeks.

This year’s Chinese Zodiac symbol is the Rabbit and is said to be the luckiest symbol of all. United States Senator Chuck Schumer was the parade’s Grand Marshall and was joined by U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney, NY State Senator Daniel Squadron, NYC Councilmember Margaret Chin and NYC Comptroller John Liu, among others.