Submitted By Jeannie Wood, Executive Director
Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS)
Sunday, February 12, kicks off the 6th Annual Nevada City Chinese New Year Festival and Parade, welcoming the Year of the Rooster, with a parade beginning at noon from the Chinese Monument on Commercial Street to the Robinson Plaza on Union Street. The parade will be led by a 72′ Dragon and ceremonial Lions from Eastern Ways Martial Arts of Sacramento, followed by local entries that include taiko drummers, martial artists, dancers, and school children. The Grand Marshal is Wally Hagaman, a Director of the Nevada County Historical Society, the curator of the Firehouse Museum in Nevada City, and an author on local Chinese history.
The Firehouse Museum, typically closed at that time of the year, will be opened to the general public. It houses remnants of a Chinese altar from a temple in Grass Valley during the Gold Rush, as well as artifacts from our early Native Americans.
Food vendors and exhibitors will be on Union Street beginning at 11 a.m. Entertainment at the Plaza follows the parade and concludes at 4 p.m. The Festival honors the legacy of the early Chinese pioneers of the Sierra Foothills.
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