Lion dances, Kung Fu exhibitions to kick off local Chinese new year celebrations

Lion dances, Kung Fu exhibitions to kick off local Chinese new year celebrations
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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 3:56pm

Chinese Lunar Year 4712, the Year of the Wood Horse, will drum its way into Baton Rouge on Saturday, Feb 1, 2014, and will continue with celebrations throughout the months of February and March.

Local Asian restaurants and markets will be treating patrons to an exceptional sampling of exotic culinary specials and delights, but just as formidable will be the action-entertainment that will also be served, as Asian New Year celebrations specifically are for our children.

For over 40 years Baton Rouge children have marveled annually at the fun and entertainment surrounding this festival, which is provided locally each year by The White Crane Kung Fu Studio under the instruction of Master Lou Illar.

Chinese New Year celebrations involve humorous and thrilling lion dances (accompanied by traditional Chinese drumming), which are paired with and complemented by Kung Fu exhibitions, weapons displays, acrobatics, and choreographed action-entertainment.

More importantly, the celebrations provide an opportunity to see and understand the historical and artistic taste of Chinese Americana at its best and street entertainment at its finest.

Join us outdoors as we kick off Chinese New Year on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 12 noon at Hunan Chinese Restaurant and again at 4 p.m. at Dream Berrie Café on S. Sherwood Forest Blvd.

Later in February, we will be performing at various other local venues, including Baton Rouge Community College, as well as at Tulane University, the dates of which are to be announced.

White Crane also has scheduled performances throughout Mandeville, Metairie, Kenner, and New Orleans, LA. All performances are free of charge and open to the public. 

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