Edmonds celebrates Year of Dragon with dancing, film screening, market and concert

Members of the Mak Fai Kung Fu Dragon & Lion Dance Association on stage.
Lion dance performance.
Members of the Northwest Wushu Academy perform the fan katas.
A member of the Northwest Wushu Academy uses a spear.
A Northwest Wushu Academy performer with a saber.
Members of the Massive Monkees breakdancing.
Co-founder of Massive Monkees Jerome “Jeromeskee” Aparis invites some of the audience to try out breakdancing.
L-R: Colleen McKisson of the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team, “She Marches in Chinatown” director Della Chen and emcee Steve Ono discuss the film at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.
Downtown Edmonds was filled with Lunar New Year celebrants on Saturday.

Edmonds welcomed the Year of the Dragon with a Lunar New Year celebration Saturday featuring dragon dancing and breakdancing, a film screening and a public market.

In partnership with Lunar New Year Edmonds, the daytime event included performances by Mak Fai Kung Fu Dragon & Lion Dance Association, Northwest Wushu Academy, and two-time world champion breakdance crew Massive Monkees at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. There was also a screening of the short film She Marches in Chinatown, followed by a Q&A with director Della Chen and senior drill member Colleen McKisson of the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team.

An evening event at ECA featured performances by CHIME Band, Massive Monkees and Seattle indie pop group Chinese American Bear.

In addition, a Lunar New Year Market at downtown Edmonds’ Civic Field featured vendors, food trucks, a lion dance performance by Northwest Kung Fu & Fitness, music and other activities.

Officials attending the daytime ECA event — emceed by local restaurateur Steven Ono — included Edmonds Mayor Mike Rosen, Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell and Edmonds School District Superintendent Dr. Rebecca Miner. 

All the photos of the daytime event at Edmonds Center for the Arts can be viewed here

— Story and photos by Nick Ng

  1. what a wonderful celebration of the Lunar New Year. Edmonds really did it up well. The ECA was overflowing with people waiting for seats , the volunteers could not believe the size of the crowd. The weather was picture perfect and the event seemed to be enjoyed by all. Thank you so much to everyone who worked to put on this event.

  2. Civic Park vendors need to set-up earlier … they were not prepared for the early arrivals (12:30-1:00p) and perhaps lost sales. This aspect needs better planning. Vendors should be enjoying the atmosphere and not be stressed.

    1. The Lunar Market was a great success and scheduled from 2-6pm. Luckily there’s plenty of wonderful Edmonds shops and restaurants to explore from noon to 2pm.

  3. What a wonderful event for the City! Amazing turnout! Another reason I am proud to live here! I was at ECA for both events. The organizers should be very proud of what they offered!

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