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Hundreds participated in the Philadelphia Suns' lion dance parade to celebrate Lunar New Year, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, in Chinatown.
Fireworks go off as lions dance around the "clown," or "lion tamer," performed here by well-known Chinatown resident Albert Lee.
Lion dancers at the Feb. 14, 2016, Lunar New Year celebration in Chinatown.
The parade toured the neighborhood of Chinatown, visiting local businesses, where, according to tradition, lions receive gifts for chasing away ghosts.
The "clown," or "lion tamer," a character performed here by Albert Lee, mocks patrons inside Sang Kee Peking Duck House as the parade goes by.
Duct tape is used in a quick, on-location repair of one of the lion heads.
This view inside a lion head shows the delicate bamboo construction and the position of the front dancers.
Lion dancers at the Feb. 14, 2016, Lunar New Year celebration in Chinatown. Here, two dancers operate a single lion, while dragon dancers are operated by much larger teams.
Sunbeams cut through smoke caused by fireworks that are hanging from a fire escape.
The lion dancers are seen performing from the open window of the Tea Do tea house, which is situated across from the fire station on North 10th Street.
As the parade and lion dancers move closer, fireworks are prepared at Siu Kee Duck House.
Six lions of the Philadelphia Suns are lined up as they walk under the Friendship Arch on North 10th Street.