01/23/2012 04:30 pm ET

Chinatown Celebrates Chinese New Year (PHOTOS)

Despite the dreary weather, plenty of New Yorkers gathered in Chinatown on Monday to celebrate the Year of the Dragon with firecrackers, traditional dancers, and a festive march downtown.

The annual event brings together Asian Americans, local politicians, and community members all hoping to receive a bit of good luck for the coming year.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was one of the many officials present and she promised to commit more work to creating jobs for the city, "I know the Year of the Dragon will be a year of prosperity for all."

Missed the celebration? Pack in the boon tonight with some great Chinese recipes that are also said to bring good fortune.

Check out some photos from the event below and Happy New Year!