Danielle and Patrick Wu were curious when they saw a post on Facebook that there would be a special pop-up event on Jan. 28 in Concert Park. Considering the Lunar New Year was fast approaching, they suspected the event would be a celebration of it. “We thought we’d come out because my husband’s family is from China and very traditional,” Danielle said.
Their hunch was correct. The highlight of the event was The Immortals troupe of lion dancers, who donned colorful costumes to entertain the crowd in a display of Kung Fu-inspired dancing — a centuries-old Chinese cultural tradition.
As she wrangled her little boy, local Sarah Sang said she wanted to attend because “it’s a day to get together and celebrate new beginnings” — and a fun time for kids who get red envelopes stuffed with cash.
— Shanee Edwards
1. The Immortals lion dance troupe engage in a centuries-old traditional Chinese dance.
2. Elisabeth Maiden poses inside the lion’s head with daughter Elleanor.
3. Little Lena Hardy celebrates by wearing a cheongsam, a stylish dress that came into fashion in China in the 1920s.
4. Local kids watch in amazement and a little bit of terror as the lion cavorts around them.