Celebrate the Year of the Horse for two hours today, at the 2014 Colorado Chinese New Year Celebration, which has had “hundreds of volunteers working year-round,” according to Huiliang Liu, president of the Chinese American Foundation of Colorado and the Denver Chinese School. But they had a lot to accomplish: “At least half or two-thirds of the audience is not of Chinese heritage,” Liu explains. “We like to encourage the non-Chinese-heritage people to come share our culture with our bigger community.”
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And when he says culture, he means it. “This year, the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Chinese Consulate in Chicago arranged a team of eighteen professional performers,” Liu says. “They're being flown in from China to put on shows in four or five cities. Denver is one of them.” As a result, he says, you can expect to see dancers, acrobats, magicians and singers. “We have a local group for the lion dance,” he adds. “The lion dance is a New Year's tradition.” The event also includes food (with a host of vegetarian options), custom Chinese calligraphy for $3, and celebratory door banners that welcome spring into your home.
The Colorado Chinese New Year Celebration runs from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place; doors open at 1:30 p.m. Tickets (which include free parking) are $28 for general admission, and $48 to $80 for special seating. For information, go to denverchineseschool.org or call 720-270-7032.
Sat., Feb. 1, 1:30-4 p.m., 2014