Annual Chinatown Main Street Celebration attracts thousands

Around 70 venders set up their booths on Tyler, Harrison, Beach, and Hudson Streets. They were mainly Chinatown businesses selling food, Asian arts, crafts and apparel outside their stores and restaurants.

Tony Yee, president of the board of Chinatown Main Street, and Gilbert Ho, board member of Chinatown Main Street hosted the opening ceremony. Rick Wong, President of Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA), Anne Hung, Director-General of The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston, Huang Cheng-chie, Director of TECO Culture Center, Massachusetts House of Representatives Tackey Chan and Aaron Michlewitz, Boston City Councilors Ayanna Presley and Felix Arroyo also gave their individual speech in the ceremony. Massachusetts Democratic Party candidate Elizabeth Warren appeared at the event as well and greeted the Chinatown residents.

Rep. Aaron Michlewitz especially mentioned the contribution of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to the creation of the Boston Main Streets Program that revitalizes the city’s business districts. Chinatown was among the program’s first ten communities selected in 1995.

Following the opening ceremony, the event featured martial arts demonstrations, musical performances, lion dances, games and children’s activities. Federal officers from US Customs and Border Protection also demonstrated the equipment and techniques they use to secure the country’s ports, airports and borders at the event.

The day of event ended with a fashion show featuring traditional Chinese clothing by the Eclipse Media Group.

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