The Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Festival and Parade welcomes the Year of the Dog this Sunday, February 25, on Commercial Street and at the Three Forks Bakery and Brewery parking lot. It is the Lunar New Year 4716. Chinese New Year Festivals (also known as the Spring Festival in China) are rare in rural communities, and Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS), along with its sponsors, is proud to present this seventh annual family-friendly celebration, honoring the early Chinese pioneers of the Sierra.
The community parade begins at 12:00 noon at the Chinese Monument, located at the entrance to the parking lot on Commercial Street, the site of the old Chinese Quarter during the Gold Rush. The Parade will be led by Tilly, a Great Pyrenees dog, and will feature ceremonial Lion Dancers and a 72’ Chinese Dragon from Eastern Ways Martial Arts of Sacramento. The mini-parade of community entries, including local school children from Bell Hill Academy, will make their way down Commercial Street and end at the Three Forks Bakery parking lot, where the Lion Dancers and Dragon dancers will spearhead an afternoon of Asian culture and entertainment, which include Grass Valley Taiko, Body Balance Academy, Ka Hale Hula O Pilialohaokalani O Hilo, Molly Fisk, Bridge Across Nations from Incline Village, Nevada, Lily Emmolo (aka Mulan), Xiao Mao young musicians, Falun Gong qigong and meditation demonstration, and Philip Easley, a hypnotist.
Hawaiian and Chinese food will be available for sale by Kaliko’s Hawaiian Kitchen and homemade desserts (as a fundraiser) by Xiao Mao (Little CATS Culture Club) with kettle corn by California Gold Kettle Corn. Returning exhibitors include Chinese teas and gifts by Lily Emmolo (Chinese tea master); Tutu Girls knitted crafts by Jackie McDaniel; Handmade Crafts by Karen Kelly; Balloons and Face Painting by Lincoln Easley; Nevada County Historical Society information booth by Board member Madelyn Helling; Xiao Mao crafts booth for kids; and the CATS booth to learn what’s up and coming in 2018. Donations will be graciously accepted at the CATS booth to fund future Chinese New Year Festivals. The adjacent Firehouse Museum on Main Street, which houses relics from the early Chinese pioneers, the Nisenan tribe, and the Donner Party, will be open to the public especially for this occasion. Tom Taylor, CATS’ Technical Director for over ten years and the Nevada Theatre’s Manager, will be the Grand Marshal.
2018 marks the year of the Earth Dog. Each Chinese astrological sign has a corresponding element (wood, water, fire, earth, or metal), which rotates with the animals every 12 years.
Content and photos submitted by Jeannie Wood