By Ling-Mei Wong
Chinatown Main Street celebrated the Year of the Horse at its annual gala on Jan. 11 at Hei La Moon.
“The purpose of Chinatown Main Street is to revitalize businesses,” said Tony Yee, Chinatown Main Street board president. It has worked with local businesses on storefront design and strengthening their economic resilience.
City councilor at-large Michelle Wu attended the banquet. “This is my first Chinese New Year banquet as a city councilor,” she said. “I hope to streamline small businesses to open every neighborhood in Boston.”
Wu’s fellow city councilor at-large Ayanna Pressley also spoke at the event. “I’m thankful to be joining you for the Year of the Horse,” she said. “This is an important time of year to celebrate tradition, history and culture.”
Stephen Gilman, program director for Boston Main Streets, appreciated Chinatown Main Street’s efforts for the Chinatown Chinese New Year and August Moon celebrations. “In a new year, think about joining Chinatown Main Street,” he said.
A lion dance by Master Winchell Woo’s Chiu Mo Kwoon rang in the new year, along with traditional dances by children from Ivy Dance School. Table prizes for all guests were light bulbs, inviting people to send “bright” ideas to Chinatown Main Street.
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