Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Festival and Parade

The ninth annual Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Festival and Parade welcomes the Year of the Rat, 4718, on Sunday, February 9, 2020, on Commercial Street and at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.  Chinese New Year festivals are unique in rural communities, and Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra, along with the Miners Foundry, are proud to present this family-friendly celebration, honoring the early Chinese Gold Rush pioneers and railroad workers of the Sierra. The mini-community parade begins on Commercial Street at 12:00 noon, near the giant Pelton wheel, at the intersections of Commercial, Coyote, and Union streets, and ends at the Miners Foundry, for an afternoon of entertainment, food, and fun!  Admission at the Foundry is free, and donations are gladly accepted.

Parade Grand Marshals are Erin Thiem and Dan Thiem of Outside Inn and Inn Town Campground. They will be riding in a vintage convertible driven by Kathy Hillis.  Other parade units include Chinese ceremonial Lion Dancers and a 72’ Chinese Dragon from Eastern Ways Martial Arts of Sacramento, Grass Valley Taiko drummers, Bell Hill Academy students, and other community entries

They will spearhead an afternoon of Asian culture and entertainment at the Foundry from 12:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Entertainment include Lion Dancing by Eastern Ways, Japanese Taiko Drumming by Grass Valley Taiko, traditional hula dancing by Ka Hale Hula O Pilialohaokalani O Hilo, martial arts by Body Balance Academy, classical Chinese dance by Lily Zhu Emmolo, and qigong and tai-chi demonstrations by Fa Lun Dafa.

Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony at the Chinese New Year festival.

Special features include food for sale by the ever-popular Horn of the Bull Taqueria, serving up delicious Asian-style tacos; Lily Emmolo, a trained Chinese Tea Master, demonstrating the art of enjoying Chinese tea; arts and crafts for kids offered by the CATS youth group, Xiao Mao (Little CATS); and filmmaker and author Bill George showing his film, Chinese Builders of Gold Mountain. There will be “rat-inspired” arts and gifts by Jackie McDaniel and Karen Kelly, face-painting and tattoos by Lincoln Easley, California Gold Kettle Corn, Chinese culture, Gold Rush history, and the promotion of CATS’ spring production of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club at the Nevada Theatre.

So come get a taste of our local Asian heritage at the Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Festival and Parade on Feb. 9, 2020.   For more information, visit the CATS website.

Content and photos submitted by Jeannie Wood