The 2017 Lunar New Year Kick-Off Celebration and Parade were a great success!
Festivities to ring in the Year of the Fire Rooster kicked off on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the JCC with the Steel Dragon lion dance team, followed by many other displays of Asian dancing, drumming and martial arts. Many local organizations and businesses were present to offer activities, festive wares, and food, including Uncover Squirrel Hill members Artist & Craftsman’s Supply, Ten Thousand Villages, Silk Elephant and Pink Box Bakery Cafe.
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The celebration concluded on Sunday, February 12th, with a parade up Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill, featuring costumes, music, marching bands and traditional Chinese and Thai dragons, led by Grand Marshalls Mike and Grace Chen, well-known Pittsburgh restauranteurs. Over 30 local groups, as well as dozens of performers and musicians, participated in the parade this year!
Over the two weeks, participating Asian restaurants in the Squirrel Hill area offered special Lunar New Year dishes and deals.
The Lunar New Year Celebration was a collaboration of several groups: Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition (SHUC); Uncover Squirrel Hill; Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Center; Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh (JCC); OCA advocates for Asian Pacific Americans, Pittsburgh Chapter; Carnegie Public Library and the Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh.
Many, many thanks to our presenting sponsors – Erie Insurance, Organization of Chinese Americans-Pittsburgh and Tsingtao Beer – for supporting this important community event in the business district!