The eighth annual Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Festival and Parade welcomes the Year of the Boar on Sunday, February 10, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) is proud to present this family-friendly celebration, dedicated the early Chinese Gold Rush pioneers and railroad workers of the Sierra. In May 2019, America will celebrate the Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary) on the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in Promontory, Utah, where the tracks from the Union Pacific from the east and the Central Pacific from the west joined. A significant portion of the labor force was Chinese immigrants, and we will honor them at the Festival. Historian, filmmaker, and journalist Bill George (of PBS fame) will be on hand to share more about their experience. He will have DVDs and books for sale for adults and children.
The Lunar New Year Parade begins at noon from the Chinese Monument, located at the entrance to the parking lot on Commercial Street, the site of the old Chinese Quarter. Chinese ceremonial Lion Dancers and a 72’ Chinese Dragon from Eastern Ways Martial Arts of Sacramento will prance down Commercial Street, with Grass Valley Taiko drummers, school children, martial artists, and other community entries. The mini-parade will end at the Three Forks Bakery and Brewery parking lot, where the Lion Dancers and Dragon dancers will spearhead an afternoon of Asian culture and entertainment. Food would be available for sale. Try some Asian tacos by Horn of the Bull!
CATS is pleased to honor Erin Thiem and Dan Thiem as the Grand Marshals. They are the owners of Outside Inn and Inn Town Campground in Nevada City. Our entertainers include Eastern Ways Martial Arts (Chinese Lion and Dragon dancing), Grass Valley Taiko (traditional Japanese Drumming), Ka Hale Hula O Pilialohaokalani O Hilo (Hawaiian Hula), Body Balance (Kung-Fu), Fa Lun Dafa (tai chi, qigong, and meditation), the Chinese and the Railroad (Bill George), and Xiao Mao (musical presentation).
In addition to exhibitors and vendors populating the parking lot at Three Forks, CATS will have a mini-yard sale of its props and costume pieces over its 25 years. Come on by and pick up a “treasure”! We are seeking parade entries, sponsors, and volunteers. Contact Jeannie Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is a cultural enrichment program of the Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS). See www.catsweb.org.
Content and photos submitted by Jeannie Wood