Alhambra Chamber of Commerce will once again bring the LunarNew Year celebration to our community. The Lunar New Year is a time to castaway the bad blood of the previous year and wish for good fortune in the comingyear. Now in its 19th year,the celebration is recognized as one of the most prominent ethnic events in theregion.
To kick-off the celebration, a three-week long art exhibitwill be held at AlhambraCity Hall from January 7th-29th.Sponsored by Wells Fargo andco-sponsored by Around Alhambra, Phoenix TV, and The China Press, the exhibitwill present twenty-four paintings from two prominent local artists as well as threefrom the People’s of Republic of China to welcome the year of the tiger. Sculptures of this mighty cat made of jadeand crystal will also be on display.
Under the global economy slowdown, this year the parade hasbeen cancelled. However, the festival will be enlarged with an additional stageand more activities to be held on Saturday, February 6, 2010. The one-day street festival will be held onValley Blvd., between Garfield Ave. and Almansor St., an area known as theheart of the largest Asian-American commercial district in the Southland. With250 booths, it offers the community a glimpse of Asian customs and traditions.
A variety of activities will be available including: examinethe latest models of cars at Toyota
Auto Square; taste the gourmet coffee at McDonald; enjoy a floral exhibit accompaniedby the music of piano and violin at the HSBCCourt; enter the drawings to win New Year calligraphy greetings and Chineseknots from Chaseand personalizedname art at the Wells Fargo booth.
Children can dress up and taking picture in traditionalAsian costumes on the AllstatePhotostage. Alhambra Hospital Medial Centerwill provide raffle prizes and health information. Visit the booths of JCPenney and Cathay Bankto play fun games and win prizes. Ethnicfoods will be offered at Maggi Food Court.At Macy’s Almansor stage,attendeeswill have the photo opportunities with the Tournament of Roses Queen and Court.Cultural and modern performances as well as Silhouette Puppet Shows can be seenat the Chapel stage throughout the day. Ourappreciation goes to Time Warner, Charter Communications and Pacific Square on Valley for thesupport.
There’s nothing more precious than spending a day withfamily and friends to experience the colorful, festive celebration of the NewYear. Admission is free. There will beabundant parking on the streets and at the adjacent shopping centers. For more event information or to join as avendor, please contact Pinki Chen at K & K Communications, (626) 395-9995or visit www.lunarnewyearparade.com.
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