BOSTON (AP) — The annual Chinese New Year Parade is taking over Boston’s Chinatown this weekend.

The Sunday festivities feature ten lion dance troupes that will start their performances from a main stage at Chinatown’s Phillips Square before making their way through the historic downtown neighborhood.

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(Photo: 2018 Chinatown Lion Dance Parade/Facebook)

There will also be martial arts performances and two different indoor “Cultural Villages” with Chinese calligraphy, dance, music and other hands-on arts and crafts.

All the events are free and are expected to take place rain or shine.

If the weather is very bad, organizers will move the event indoors to the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England’s auditorium at 90 Tyler St., Boston, according to the event’s Facebook page.

The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar. It is based on the phases of the moon and began Feb. 16. This year is considered the Year of the Dog based on the Chinese zodiac.

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