Dignitaries with the City of Alameda and members of the public celebrated the Year of the Pig last Saturday with a festival on Webster Street at Haight Avenue. Flanked by lion dancers from the Toi Shan Family Association are: West Alameda Business Association Executive Director Linda Asbury, Vice Mayor John Knox White, Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Councilmember Tony Daysog. The event was co-sponsored by the Toi Shan Family Foundation, East Ocean Seafood Restaurant, the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association and the City of Alameda. For more scenes from the festival.
The annual celebration of spring and the Lunar New Year in Alameda has been set for Saturday, April 29, at the Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center. Now in its 19th year, the Harbor Bay Intercultural Committee’s Spring Festival will celebrate The Year of the Rooster.
The free event features local favorite the Lincoln Middle School band; multicultural dances and music; tai chi and karate demos; and a lion dance. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs for comfort while viewing the performances.
The Lincoln Middle School (LMS) Marching Band, directed by Tyra Ingram Cable and led by drum major Emily Tran, made its eighth appearance in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 15. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets to watch the parade and celebrate the Year of the Dragon. The parade, whose tradition stretches back to the 1860s, is one of this country’s few remaining night illuminated parades.
Lunar New Year is one of the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. This year, the Lunar New Year began on Jan. 31 marking the start of the Year of the Horse in the Chinese Zodiac. People born in the Year of the Horse are thought to be energetic, clever, warm-hearted, able and popular.