Downtown Courtenay hosts Lunar New Year celebration

Keep your eyes peeled this Saturday in Courtenay for a Chinese dragon and lion dancing down the sidewalks.

Keep your eyes peeled this Saturday afternoon in downtown Courtenay for a Chinese dragon and lion dancing down the sidewalks, accompanied by festively outfitted folks with lanterns.

Starting at 1 p.m., downtown Courtenay plays host to the Lunar New Year 2013 Year of the Snake celebrations.

After the dance-parade on Saturday from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Native Sons Hall there’ll be a Multicultural Fashion Show and Carnival, with international foods and live entertainment including; Chinese dancing, TaiChi, Chinese Yoyo, Anela Kahiamoe, Pilipino performers, and more.

The theme is multi-cultural, so the audience is invited to use their imaginations and dig something out from closets and dress up.  Lunar New Year colours are red and gold, even the clothes.

Tickets for the Multicultural Fashion and Talent Carnival on Feb. 16 are by donation, suggested $5/adult, or $10/family, and kids under 11 are free.

For more detailed information about these and other downtown events, check www.downtowncourtenay.com/events.

The Lunar New Year – Year of the Snake celebration in downtown Courtenay is presented by the Comox Valley Multicultural and Immigrant Support Society (CVMISS), and is sponsored in part by the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association, the Courtenay and District Museum, and the CV Hospice Society.

Let’s experience the rich heritage of the far east with the feeling of Lunar New Year, have fun and say Happy New Year or Gong Xi Fa Cai to family, friends and all.

— Comox Valley Multicultural and Immigrant Support Society

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