The third annual Lantern Festival was hosted by Boston-based nonprofit organization Chinatown Main Street at the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston’s Chinatown on Sept. 10.
The Lantern Festival started with vendors near the Chinatown Gate, including arts and crafts, food, mooncakes, potted plants and souvenirs. Many families came out to enjoy the community event and watch the traditional performances.
The entertainment at the stage began with a performance by the Wong Family Association.
There were more than 16 performances from the Boston Freemasons Gung Ho Athletic Club, Boston Yuanji Dance Association, Nam Pai Kung Fu Academy, Boston Chinese Folk and Classical Dance Group, Verge Dance, Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy, Malden Senior Center, Chiu Mo Kwoon kung fu school of Boston, Best Taekwondo, Calvin Chin Martial Arts, Boston Aikido, Adam Cheung Kung Fu, New England Eastern U.S. Kung-Fu Federation, Woo Ching’s White Crane Kung Fu, and Wong Keung Lion Dance. Woo Ching and Wong Keung ended the Lantern Festival with dragon and lion dances. Both adults and children were excited when Wong Keung presented a smoking dragon with confetti.
The event was a great success this year. The PlayCubes installation at the Rose Kennedy Greenway attracted more children to gather at the park for the stage performances this year. The festival raised funds for the New England National Lion Dance competition in November, while celebrating Chinese traditions with the community.
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