Year of the Rooster Fun

 

Harbor Bay Landing hosts 19th annual Spring Festival

Last Saturday Harbor Bay Landing held its 19th annual Spring Festival with a strong Year of the Rooster theme. Organizers reported the largest crowd in the event’s history. 

The festival packed color into the Harbor Bay Landing shopping center. Flowers and orchids were given away and most in attendance brought their own colorful lawn chairs to take in the multi-colored events that ran continuously like a cultural marathon. 

For most of the day, the shopping center’s bandshell area was packed for demonstrations, dances and much more. Alameda shared its multi-cultural roots and pride once again.

Many of the performances included adults and school-aged youth including adult and child Tai Chi graduates, who wowed the audience with their black-belt-level talent. Several martial arts disiplines were represented by the many Alameda schools whose students shared their athleticism. 

A women’s self-defense booth offered demonstrations and nearly every Asian culture was represented including Hawaiian and Tahitian dancers (pictured above) who not only did the hula and traditional dances, but also modern dances to Hip Hop. The crowd was most appreciative, loudly applauding when the Multicultural Dance and Music Group danced to Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T.”

A traditional lion dance was held, the spectacular Lincoln Middle School marching band performed and more vendor booths on the perimeter than ever before offered various games of chance to help raise funds for Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. 

The Bay Farm protective group Class (Citizens League for Airport Safety and Serenity) gave a lecture on its airplane noise hotline and briefed citizens on how airport noise will be increasing during Oakland Airport’s various runway reconstruction processes due to take place later this year. Yi Ying Learning Center and other Asian-American schools in the area gave talks and demonstrations as well.

The event was organized by Harbor Bay’s long-running Intercultural Committee.