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Nevada City to celebrate Chinese New Year on Feb. 12
The 6th Annual Nevada City Chinese New Year Festival and Parade will welcome the Year of the Rooster with a parade that starts at noon on Sunday, Feb. 12, that will go from the Chinese Monument on Commercial Street to Robinson Plaza on Union Street.

The parade will be led by a 72-foot dragon and ceremonial lions from Eastern Ways Martial Arts of Sacramento and followed by local entries that include taiko drummers, martial artists, dancers, and school children.

The Grand Marshal is Wally Hagaman, a director of the Nevada County Historical Society, the curator of the Firehouse Museum in Nevada City and an author on local Chinese history.

The Firehouse Museum, typically closed at this time of the year, will be opened to the public. It houses remnants of a Chinese altar from a temple in Grass Valley during the Gold Rush, as well as artifacts from early Native Americans.

Food vendors and exhibitors will be on Union Street beginning at 11 a.m. Entertainment at the Plaza follows the parade and goes until 4 p.m. The Festival honors the legacy of the early Chinese pioneers of the Sierra Foothills. Volunteers and sponsors are still needed. For more information, contact Jeannie Wood, executive director of Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra, or CATS, by emailing info@catsweb.org for details.

In the January edition, the Nevada City Advocate published the wrong date for the Nevada City Chinese New Year Festival and Parade. The mistake was due to an editing error.

The Nevada City Chinese New Year Festival starts at noon on Feb. 12 on Commercial Street. Ceremonial lions will lead the parade along with a 72-foot dragon.
Photo by Stacy Drake