2013 Boston Chinese New Year Lion Dance Parade

To celebrate the new year of 2013, Chinese year of snake, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) and Chinatown Main Street organized a lion dance parade in Chinatown, Boston. Eight lion troupes joined the parade, giving performance from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17.

The weather was pretty bad on Sunday and the whole city was still in recovery after the severe blizzard hit the state. Some people were asking the organizer if they could move the parade to the week of Feb. 24, but Chinatown Main Street posted on their facebook page saying that they decided to go in spite of the snow. Not as many people showed up as expected, yet visitors and families were having fun.

Since nowadays even in China people do not often give lion dance performance when celebrating lunar new year, this is aslo my first time to watch the lion dance parade. Here is a video I made about the parade, including interviews with one of the lion troupe leaders and director of Chinatown Main Street Program.

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