The Portland Chinese Museum is hosting its annual Lunar New Year Dragon Dance Parade and Celebration in Downtown Portland.
Opened in December 2018, the Portland Chinatown Museum is Oregon’s first museum about to Chinese American history, art and culture. The museum is dedicated to honoring Portland’s Chinatown as well as hosting gallery space for contemporary Asian American artists in all media.
The museum also hosts an annual Lunar New Year celebration complete with a dragon dance parade.
2022 Lunar New Year Dragon Dance Parade and Celebration
This annual dragon parade and celebration typically takes place at the start of the Lunar New Year, which is in January or February depending on the year. This year, the event is happening right in time for Mother’s Day weekend activities.
The 6th annual event invites everyone to come out and celebrate as the 150-foot dragon shakes off the pandemic blues and reclaims its rightful place in Portland’s Chinatown for a special event.
On Saturday, May 7, the dragon will be accompanied by lion dancers, performers, and a lively community parade through Old Town, Downtown, and ending at the Oregon Historical Society Park Plaza.
From 10-11 a.m., the celebration kicks off with the dragon, lion dancers and performances at NW Third and Davis St.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the parade will make its way around Old Town Chinatown. The lion dance troupes will be performing plucking of the greens at select locations. This performance is a quest by the lion to pluck vegetables in a display of dance and cat-like curiosity. The dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune to the business.
During the hour, the parade will proceed up SW Third Ave. and toward SW Jefferson and Park Street.
From 1-1:30 p.m., the parade will reach its final destination at the Oregon Historical Society Park Plaza.
This event is free to attend. Here is a full map of the route and participating businesses:
For more information about the dragon dance parade and celebration, visit Portland Chinese Museum’s website.