Celebrate Lunar New Year with everyone in the ID
Last updated 1-15-09 at 1:57 p.m.
Northwest Asian Weekly
For the first year ever, every business in the International District
is coming together
to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The Chinatown
International District Business
Improvement Area (CIDBIA) has decided to move its
Seattle Chinatown-International District Lunar
New Year Celebration out in the open rather than having it in the
King Street Station.
What spurred this change? CIDBIA wanted to be more
Though past Lunar celebrations have been successful,
CIDBIA felt that parts of the International District missed out on
the fun because many businesses could not attend the events.
So CIDBIA decided to bring the event to the businesses.
Rather than housing the event inside a building, Lunar New Year will
be outdoors, where patrons and attendees can walk around and peruse
all the eateries and shops in the area. The festivities will start
under the Chinatown Gate with lion dances this year.
CIDBIA decided against using the usual vendors
for the event. Changing it up for Lunar New Year 2009, the local
businesses in the ID will be the vendors. This is all in an effort
to show everyone in the greater- Seattle area the unique and diverse
organizations located in the ID.
Each business in the district will also do its
part by doing something special to entice people to visit.
Northwest Asian Weekly and the Seattle Chinese
Post will decorate its lobby with red lucky money
envelopes. We are also planning on putting out
a good fortune tree for pedestrians to put a wish
on. In a partnership with the Seattle Art Museum,
we will presenting quick five-minute art activities
for all ages. Event favors will be plentiful, so
the newspapers hope that many people will make the trip to the news
building, located on Maynard Avenue, right off South Jackson Street.
For more information, visit www.cidbia.org.
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