Street fair set for weekend

first_img“This is the single largest event in city of Monterey Park,” Lau said. “It has always been well attended, and I believe this one will be even more attended.” Chinese New Year begins at 11 p.m. Saturday. Besides traditional entertainment, such as Chinese orchestra, opera and folk dance, the lineup includes a mariachi band, a blues performance and karaoke competition. There also will be pig races – after all, 2007 is the Year of the Pig – rope courses, rock climbing, bungee jumping and the “XBox Challenge,” which will feature the Halo and Dance Dance Revolution competitions. For a complete list of entertainment, go to [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEREY PARK – Bei Bei He, 24, in many ways embodies the diversity of the city’s Chinese New Year festival, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday. He, a Rowland Heights resident and native of China, often blends her training in the ancient Chinese traditional string instrument, the gu zheng, with modern sounds of hip-hop and jazz. “People think my music is very deep and from the soul. They say they can literally feel the emotion,” He said. “When they hear the fused sounds, people often say, `Wow, that is very cool and very fresh.”‘ He is among the dozens of performers on the Floral Street Fair’s entertainment lineup, which is designed to honor Chinese tradition as well as highlight the diversity found in Monterey Park, said the fair’s spokesman, Joe Pan. “She represents a new breed of entertainer,” Pan said of Bei Bei, who will perform at 12:30p.m. Sunday at the Cherry Blossom Stage. “She plays a very traditional instrument yet she is very young.” The festival has been an important element to Monterey Park for nearly a decade. This year, organizers expect it to attract close to 100,000 people. “To me, this is not just a festival for Chinese,” said Mayor David Lau. “This is something that we do to promote cultural diversity and harmony in the community.” Now in its ninth year, the festival has traditionally been called the Lantern Festival, which celebrates the end of the Chinese New Year. This year, however, the name and date has been changed to the Floral Street Fair and falls on the Chinese New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. last_img

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