Night in Chinatown festival, parade Saturday

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The "Night in Chinatown" festival and parade will be held Saturday in Chinatown to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit.

The festival is an all-day block party on Maunakea and Smith streets, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., featuring food booths, entertainment and activities, including Chinese lion and dragon dance performances.

Maunakea and Smith streets will be closed to vehicle traffic during the festival.

The parade begins at 3:30 p.m. at the State Capitol, and proceeds down Hotel Street to Maunakea Street.

Participants include festival queens and their courts, cultural organizations, martial artists, and a dance performance featuring a 150-foot dragon. Hotel Street will be closed to vehicle traffic during the parade.

The festival and parade are free and open to the public, and are part of the annual Month in Chinatown celebration co-sponsored by the City.

"Public and private partners have once again come together to pool our resources and ensure an exciting and memorable calendar of events for residents and visitors alike," Mayor Peter Carlisle said. "This partnership has grown stronger every year since its inception in 2006. Thanks to this collaborative effort involving community organizations, businesses and government, Honolulu can proudly present a unified and all-embracing Chinese New Year celebration."

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