Have you ever seen pictures of a Chinese New Year parade—paper lanterns hanging above the street, a long colorful dragon snaking below as it’s manipulated by dancers, oil-paper umbrellas shading spectators on the sides—and thought, “If only I didn’t have to spend thousands of dollars and sit on a plane for hours to see that?”
On Feb. 8, the whole family can enjoy a Chinese New Year celebration with just a short car ride to the Creative Discovery Museum.
It’s the Year of the Horse in 2014. Festivities will begin at noon and will include traditional Lion Dance performances and a martial arts demonstration by the Chien Hong Lion Dance Troupe from Atlanta, paper lantern and lion construction, and readings about Chinese New Year.
Liza Blair, Arts Manager at Creative Discovery Museum, describes the event as “a special time for families to celebrate a cultural tradition while engaging in a rich and colorful arts experience.”
Activities and performances are free with admission. $12.95. Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chesnut St. (423) 756-2738, cdmfun.org
— Dea Lisica