Thousands of people gathered in Birmingham's Chinese Quarter – the Arcadian Centre – to usher in the Chinese New Year.
This year was planned to be the biggest yet, says Birmingham Chinese Festival Committee Chairman, Jeffrey Yap.
He told ITV News Central what revellers could expect from today.
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