By Akili-Malcolm Myrick, Arts & Entertainment Editor. Photos by Brian Von Kaenel, Chief Photographer.
The ears of parade attendees standing just outside the Hip-Sing Association, located at 1121 W. Argyle St., are still ringing after participants lit a series of firecracker displays that shook the ground and sent large clouds of smoke into the sky.
The parade, hosted by the Hip Sing Association and other local businesses, began by heading east on Argyle, then south on Sheridan, west on Ainslie and then finished in the parking lot of Tai Nam Market located on 4925 Broadway.
Floats from surrounding businesses and organizations including the Consulate General of the Peoples Republic of China in Chicago, Pai-Nem Market, LaPatisserieP Bakery, and Viet Hoa Plaza.
The lion dance represents reaching for good fortune, with brightly colored yellow and orange costumes mixing with the loud bang of the firecrackers to chase away evil spirits.
St. Augustine College also played host to its own Year of the Dragon celebration to ring in the Vietnamese Lunar New Year. The event was hosted by the Vietnamese Association of Illinois and sponsored by the Tai Nam Supermarket.
The celebration included dragon dancers, face painting, traditional Vietnamese games, tarot card readers and martial artist. Various guest speakers including the 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman, candidate for Cook County Judge James A. Shapiro, and Il Secretary of State Jesse White were all in attendance.