This year's Vancouver Chinese New Year parade has so many additional participants that organizers have adjusted the start time and route to accommodate the larger procession.

The 2013 parade will start at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17 and take about 2.5 hours to finish, according to the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver.

The parade will kick off at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street, heads east along Pender Street, turns south onto Gore Street, west onto Keefer Street and then disperses on Keefer at Taylor.

Drawing an average of 50,000 spectators every year, the parade itself includes almost 3,000 participants from marching bands to aboriginal community groups to Brazilian dancers.

After the parade ends, get up close to lion dancers who will be visiting individual businesses in Chinatown from 2-4 p.m.

This is the parade's 40th year. Check out photos of the Chinese New Year parade from last year:

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  • Vegetable Fried Rice

    Rice symbolizes luck and wealth. This classic fried rice dish is packed with vegetables such as carrots, broccoli and onions. Chopped, roasted peanuts add a nice texture. Feel free to use leftover white rice to create this recipe. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/vegetable-fried-rice_n_1059863.html" target="_hplink">Vegetable Fried Rice</a> recipes</strong>

  • Guotie Pot Stickers

    Dumplings and pot stickers symbolize wealth. Make this recipe with either pork or beef. The dumplings are especially easy to assemble when you use store-bought wonton wrappers. Steam them in a bamboo basket or sear them to create crispy pot stickers. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/guotie-pot-stickers_n_1061456.html" target="_hplink">Guotie Pot Stickers</a> recipe</strong>

  • Peking Duck

    Duck symbolizes fertility and health. Chinese tradition holds that duck and chicken should be brought to the table whole for the New Year's dinner -- only then can the carving begin. The secret to crispy Peking duck is to blanch the duck first, then let it dry in the fridge, brushed with the glaze, for 6 hours. After that it's time to roast. Serve the shredded duck in Mandarin pancakes (fajita wrappers also work) with scallion and cucumber. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/peking-duck_n_1061455.html" target="_hplink">Peking Duck</a> recipe</strong>

  • Clams With Pork And Golden Garlic

    Clams symbolize wealth. In this recipe, sauteed ground pork is combined with the clams -- it's a classic flavor pairing. White wine and black-bean chile sauce create a very earthy and spicy sauce for the clams. Serve with rice. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/clams-with-pork-and-golde_n_1058332.html" target="_hplink">Clams with Pork and Golden Garlic</a> recipe</strong>

  • Beef And Vegetable Lettuce Wraps

    In Cantonese, lettuce is a homophone for fortune and it symbolizes prosperity. This recipe uses romaine lettuce leaves as a vehicle for flavorful stir-fried ground beef and vegetables with hoisin sauce. For those who prefer it spicy, serve with chili sauce on the side. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/beef-and-vegetable-lettuc_n_1059873.html" target="_hplink">Beef and Vegetable Lettuce Wraps</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chicken Chow Mein

    Noodles symbolize longevity. Long chow mein noodles make the perfect New Year's dish. Make sure not to cut the noodles -- the longer the better. This recipe includes chicken sausage, snow peas and red chilies. Orange juice lends a subtle sweetness -- plus oranges are customarily eaten during New Year's. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chicken-chow-mein_n_1058765.html" target="_hplink">Chicken Chow Mein</a> recipe</strong>

  • Soy And Ginger Glazed Salmon

    The Chinese word for fish, <em>Yu</em>, sounds a lot like the word for abundance. So fish is an important dish to have on the New Year's table. It's even better if it's served whole. This side of salmon is roasted with a glaze of soy, ginger, garlic and brown sugar. Serve with rice. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/soy-and-ginger-glazed-sal_n_1059380.html" target="_hplink">Soy and Ginger Glazed Salmon</a> recipe</strong>

  • Green-Tea Fortune Cookies

    What would Chinese food be without a fortune cookie to finish the meal? The Chinese have been making cakes and sweets with little paper messages inside for centuries, but it wasn't until the mid-1900s that fortune cookies, as we know them today, were introduced -- in San Francisco of all places. This recipe infuses the batter with matcha green tea for a unique flavor. Feel free to write personalized fortunes on paper strips to place inside each cookie. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/green-tea-fortune-cookies_n_1059625.html" target="_hplink">Green-Tea Fortune Cookies</a> recipe</strong>

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    Performers take part in a traditional Qing Dynasty ceremony in which emperors prayed for good fortune, during lunar new year festivities at the temple of Heaven in Beijing on February 10, 2013. A billion-plus Asians ushered in the Year of the Snake with a cacophony of fireworks and ceremonies to kick off a week of festivities. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Performers take part in a traditional Qing Dynasty ceremony in which emperors prayed for good fortune, during lunar new year festivities at the temple of Heaven in Beijing on February 10, 2013. A billion-plus Asians ushered in the Year of the Snake with a cacophony of fireworks and ceremonies to kick off a week of festivities. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

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