Mayors Walsh, Christensen and Wong Attend Year of the Horse Lion Dance Parade in Chinatown

By David Li,

Boston, Feb. 9, 2014, — It was a cold day this morning in Boston. Thousands of residents and tourists still showed up for today’s Lion Dance Parade in Boston Chinatown. They were delighted with lion dances by dozens of dancers from various teams to the loud drum beats and firecrackers.
Organizers of lion dance parade and elected officials pose for a picture (photo credit: Eadwn Huang for CCBA).

This annual event was organized by Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA-NE). CCBA-NE president Hung Goon welcomed many elected officials to the Year of Horse parade, including Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Malden Mayor Gary Christensen, Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong, State Representatives Donald Wong, Aaron Michlewitz and Tackey Chan, Boston City Councilors Michelle Wu and Bill Linehan, Cambridge City Councilor Leland Cheung, and etc.

Leland Cheng just kicked off campaign for Lt. Governor the day before, and enjoyed the opportunity to talk with other elected officials and voters about his vision for Massachusetts. You can check out a short video about Leland Cheng’s campaign for Lt. Governor by clicking here.

Many tourists enjoyed dim sum after the parade at restaurants in Chinatown. Some also checked out the cultural village at East West Bank on Harrison Ave.

The Chinese New Year of the Horse started on Jan. 31, 2014 when the Year of the Snake ended. Horse is one of the most beloved animals in Chinese history as it symbolizes bravery and diligence.

Emirates Airlines is one of the sponsors of this year’s lion dance parade. According to Ricky Chan of SunShine Travel, starting March 10, Emirates will use Boeing 777-200LR aircraft for the nonstop flight between Boston and Dubai. Flight 237 will depart Dubai daily at 9:45 a.m. and arrive at Boston at 3:15 p.m. Flight 238 will depart Boston at 10:55 p.m. and arrive in Dubai at 7:10 p.m. the next day. This is the first nonstop flight service from Boston to the Mid-East. For ticket information, please visit or call (617)695-1989.

According to, people who were born in the Year of the Horse(1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014) are likely to share certain characteristics as follows.

“Horse people are extemporaneous and quick-witted. They are quite intelligent and use their practicality to their advantage in their business and personal lives. Their sharpness makes them quick to pick up new skills and are able to handle many tasks at one time. However, this ambition can be harmful because Horse people often don’t finish what they start for fear of missing out on the next big challenge.”

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