Chinese New Year celebrations to close several downtown streets

Several downtown streets will be closed Sunday as Washington celebrates the Chinese New Year, WTOP reports.

The New Year Parade will travel along H Street and under the Friendship Arch in Chinatown Sunday starting at 2 p.m. Click to see a map of the parade route.

H Street NW between 6th and 7th streets will be blocked around 9 a.m. By 11 a.m., the following streets will be closed for the celebration:

-G Street NW from 7th Street to 9th Street NW
- H Street NW from 8th Street to 6th Street NW
- I Street NW from 5th Street to 7th Street NW
- 7th Street NW from I Street to G Street NW
- 8th Street NW from G Street to H Street NW

All streets are expected to reopen by 3:30 p.m.

The festivities mark the beginning of the Year of the Snake. According to Chinese tradition, people born in the Year of the Snake are thoughtful and wise to approach problems rationally and logically.