Dances and drumming will usher in the Year of the Dragon at the Lunar New Year Festival this Saturday, January 28. Every year, this important celebration attracts thousands to the heart of Chinatown-International District, where families will enjoy the entertainment-filled afternoon. Lion and Dragon dances begin the festivities while martial arts performances, a children’s parade contest, and the sonorous rhythms of Taiko drumming round out the rest of the day’s entertainment.
Hing Hay Park (the â€œPark for Pleasurable Gatheringsâ€) will be the setting of the new year celebration. At the corner of Maynard and King, this popular meeting place in the District provides a picturesque backdrop â€“ a courtyard of red brick surrounds an authentic Chinese pagoda, which stands distinctly in the foreground of classic Seattle landmarks such as the Columbia and Smith towers.
Accompanying the festival is the Lunar New Year Food Walk, an assortment of 20 local restaurants offering $2 tastes of their signature dishes. Wander through King Street and sample a variety of Asian fare, from dumplings to dim sum, baked goods and bubble tea.
Admission to the festival, which runs from 11:00am to 4:00pm, is free. For a full entertainment schedule and list of participating Food Walk restaurants, visitÂ http://www.cidbia.org/events/lunar-new-year-celebration-2012-year-of-the-dragon.