Chinatown Main Street Summer Festival marks 14th anniversary

The Chinatown Main Street Festival took place July 8 at Chinatown Park. (Image courtesy of Valerie Sizhe Li.)

The 14th annual Chinatown Main Street Festival took place July 8 at the Chinatown Park on the Greenway. Aiming to promote a healthy environment and attract tourism, the cultural event featured food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and live performances.

The line-up featured Gund Kwok lion and dragon dance troupe, Nam Pai Kung Fu Academy and other folk performance groups. Massachusetts state Rep. Donald Wong made an appearance.

Chinatown Main Street advisory committee director Gilbert Ho hoped the festivities could connect more tourists and non-Chinese people with traditional Chinese culture. “Chinatown District constantly maintains 95 percent storefront occupancy whereas other Boston districts have many empty stores,” he said. “Through promoting tourism, we have seen an increasing number of tourists and visitors from many different countries and states.”

Chinatown Main Street hosts events all year round, including the Chinese New Year Flower Market, Chinese New Year Cultural Village and the Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival. The events are intended to draw younger crowds closer to Chinese culture and have fun.

For more information on Chinatown Main Street and the Boston Main Streets Foundation, please visit www.chinatownmainstreet.org and www.bmsfoundation.org.

Nam Pai Kung Fu Academy performed a lion dance. (Image courtesy of Valerie Sizhe Li.)

A Chinese folk dance was performed. (Image courtesy of Valerie Sizhe Li.)

Festival booths were set up on Beach Street. (Image courtesy of Valerie Sizhe Li.)

Nam Pai Kung Fu Academy gave a martial arts demonstration. (Image courtesy of Valerie Sizhe Li.)

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