Celebrate the Year of the Pig on Webster Street

Melissa Rivers    Enjoy the Toi Shan Family Association’s Lion Dancers at the West End’s Lunar New Year celebration set for Saturday, Feb. 16.

The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) will celebrate Lunar New Year with a huge festival set for Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. Come mark the arrival of the Year of the Pig with WABA at its second annual Lunar Year celebration. The event will be produced in partnership with the West End Arts & Entertainment District and features cultural performances by the Toi Shan Family Association. The celebration is made possible this year through a public art grant from the City of Alameda.

The free, family friendly Lunar New Year celebration will take place adjacent to the Pacific Coast Farmers Market on Haight Avenue at Webster Street. Entertainment includes two lion dance troupes from the Toi Shan Family Association. 

The lion dance is a form of traditional dance in China and other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion’s movements in a lion costume to bring good luck and fortune. Following the lion dance, there will be a Chinese traditional dance, Tai Chi performance and childrens’ dances.
In addition to cultural dances the event will feature special giveaways for the whole family.  Webster Street favorite, East Ocean Seafood Restaurant, will provide appetizers for the celebration.

The Sign of the Pig
According to the Chinese zodiac, Pigs are diligent, compassionate and generous. They also have great concentration: once they set a goal, they will devote all their energy to achieving it. Though Pigs rarely seek help from others, they will not refuse to give others a hand. Pigs never suspect trickery, so they are easily fooled.

General speaking, Pigs are relatively calm when facing trouble. No matter how difficult the problems are Pigs encounter, they can handle things properly and carefully. They have a great sense of responsibility to finish what they are engaged in.

About WABA
WABA represents local businesses through its mission to promote and improve West Alameda and the Webster Street Business District. WABA supports economic development, marketing, streetscape improvements and other programs benefiting local businesses.

Contact WABA Executive Director Linda Asbury at Linda@westalameda
business.com or 523-5955 for more details.