For many people who grew up in an Asian American household, the Lunar New Year was always celebrated, whether by going out to a restaurant or watching the annual parade. Despite many cultural differences, the collective wishes and hopes for a community bubbles up during this time of the year.
Seattle’s Chinatown International District
Lunar New Year Celebration
Year of the Tiger 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
at Hing Hay Park
While planning last year’s Lunar New Year Celebration, Maribeth Ellis and Julia Nelson of the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) expected approximately 4,000 people to attend the celebration throughout the day.
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For Maribeth Ellis, executive director of the Chinatown/International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA), watching the never-before-seen throngs of families who packed themselves into the International District (ID) for last year’s Lunar New Year Celebration, which CIDBIA organized, was a moment of triumph. Last year was the first year the celebration was held outside of King Street Station and into the ID.
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For about a dozen years, Chinatown International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) staff members have organized the International District’s annual Lunar New Year Celebration.