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Chinese New Year: Dragons take to England's streets

Chinese New Year: Dragons take to England's streets

Thousands of people took to the streets in England to celebrate Chinese New Year.Tuesday may have been the official start of the Year of the Pig but most areas saved their events until Sunday.Flying dragons and dancing lions paraded through city centres including in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Newcastle.In a drizzly London, performers took part in what organisers claim is the biggest celebration outside China.
Chinese New Year: Dragons take to England's streets

Newcastle's parade travelled from Eldon Square to the Chinese Gate at Stowell Street
Chinese New Year: Dragons take to England's streets

Dragons across the country came in all shapes and sizes
Chinese New Year: Dragons take to England's streets

Dancers took to a stage in Birmingham where 40,000 people were expected to attend the celebration
Chinese New Year: Dragons take to England's streets

As well as the traditional dragons, pigs also featured highly in the parades
Chinese New Year: Dragons take to England's streets

There was even room for a few pandas
Chinese New Year: Dragons take to England's streets

The dank weather did not dampen celebrations in London where events were held across the West End and Chinatown
Chinese New Year: Dragons take to England's streets

A giant piglet has been overlooking St Ann's Square in Manchester over the past week
Chinese New Year: Dragons take to England's streets

The new year festivities are always popular with children and families
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