Chinatown Lunar New Year Dragon Dance


11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Downtown Portland

Dr. Jennifer Fang, Assistant Director

Portland Chinatown History Foundation

127 NW 3rd Ave.

Portland, OR 97209

(503) 224-0008

[email protected]


Portland, Oregon – January 14, 2017 – The Portland Chinatown History Foundation (PCHF), celebrates the Year of the Rooster with a Dragon Dance Parade through downtown Portland on Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The loud crackling of firecrackers hung from the balcony of the Tuck Lung building at NW 4th and Davis will kick off the second annual Lunar New Year Dragon Dance in Chinatown at 11:00 AM on Sunday, January 29.  Led by the Portland Chinatown History Foundation’s 100-foot long dragon and followed by members of the local International Lion Dance and the Portland Lee’s Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team, drummers and clowns, the1.5 mile Dragon Dance Parade begins with the Lions “plucking the green” for good luck at several Chinatown restaurants and stores and a dance performance outsideLan Su Chinese Garden.

As parade participants and followers pass through the China Gate, marching down SW Third Avenue to Jefferson Street, and west to the parade’s end point, the Oregon Historical Society on SW Park Avenue, volunteers will be passing out traditional Red Envelopes filled with New Year treats to onlookers.  From 12:30 to 5:00 PM the Oregon Historical Society invites the parade and general public in for light refreshments, performances by the two Lion Dance teams, and Chinese folk dances and traditional music by the Northwest Chinese Alliance.

The 2017 Chinatown Lunar New Year Dragon Dance is organized by the Portland Chinatown History Foundation, in cooperation with the Oregon Historical Society. Wells Fargo Corporation is the 2017 Dragon Dance’s Presenting Sponsor. Our Community Sponsors include the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Portland Lee’s Association, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Innovative Housing, Inc., Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and Rebecca Liu in Memory of Liu Chi.  Additional sponsors include the Old Town Chinatown Community Association, the Society Hotel, the Northwest Chinese Alliance, the Northwest China Council, and DAO Architecture.

The Portland Chinatown History Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization created in 2014 by a group of local Chinese American elders, whose mission is to honor, preserve, and interpret the history and rich cultural heritage of Portland’s historic Chinatowns – their former home. Headquartered at NW Third Avenue and Davis Street, PCHF is planning a schedule of public programs, walking tours, and exhibitions for 2017, as well as the permanent installation of the acclaimed Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland’s Historic Chinatown. Presented as a temporary exhibition by the Oregon Historical Society in spring, 2016, Beyond the Gate was conceived and curated by Jacqueline Peterson-Loomis with the help of PCHF elders, co-curated by Jennifer Fang, and designed by Carey Wong. A generous gift from the Oregon Historical Society to PCHF of exhibit furniture, rights and permissions has made it possible to bring the Beyond the Gate exhibition home to Portland Chinatown. For more information, contact Jennifer Fang, Assistant Director [email protected]).

Photos of 2016 Chinatown Lunar New Year Dragon Dance courtesy of Oregon Historical Society.


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