Chinese New Year: 15 stunning pictures as crowds flock to Dragon Parade through Manchester

Thousands lined the streets to take in the impressive procession.

The stunning Dragon Parade was back in Manchester on Sunday to mark Chinese New Year. It was a fitting start to the Year of the Dragon as crowds flocked to see the colourful and vibrant procession.

The parade saw the impressive 175ft Chinese dragon accompanied by traditional lion and ribbon dancers, Chinese Opera performers, twelve Zodiac animals and Ancient Army characters. See the best of our pictures in the gallery below.