Celebrating the Lunar New Year
The Year of the Rat was welcomed in Chinatown on January 26th. The outdoor program featured a Dragon Dance from the Hong De Cultural and Athletic Association, a Lion Dance from the Ging Wu Martial Arts and Kung Fu Association, speeches from various dignitaries and elected officials, and the lighting of the firecrackers. The event was organized by the Chinatown and Area Business Association with support from McCauley Revitalization. Around 1,000 people attended the event. This year, there was also an indoor program at the Ukrainian Federation Hall on 98th Street with a variety of entertainment.
Photos by Paula E. Kirman