Mai Wah Society

Chinese New Year Celebrations!

Feb. 4, 2017 (Year of the Rooster)

In 2009, Reader's Digest named the Butte Mai Wah Chinese New Year Parade one of the 6 most interesting processions in America! Join us for a true Butte experience!

The first modern-day Butte parade was in 1993. The dragon, donated by the people of Taiwan, came to Montana in 1998 and joined the parade beginning in 1999.

Past Parades

2010 2006 Parade with Chinese Dancers 2003 Parade 1999 Parade

Future parade dates

Feb. 4, 2017 (Year of the Rooster) Feb. 17, 2018 (Dog) Feb. 9, 2019 (Pig) Feb. 1, 2020 (Rat) Feb. 13, 2021 (Ox) Feb. 5, 2022 (Tiger) Feb. 1, 2023 (Rabbit) Feb. 10, 2024 (Dragon)

Feb. 1, 2014 (Year of the Horse)





Feb. 16, 2013

For videos and photos, please see the links on our Facebook Page.

The 2013 Year of the Snake Parade and celebration included business blessings for the following.
Their red-envelope donations will ensure prosperity throughout the coming year
for themselves and the Mai Wah!


  • Quarry Brewing
  • NorthWestern Energy
  • Butte Plaza Mall
  • Silver Dollar
  • InstyPrints
  • Butte Weekly
  • Jade Studio
  • Lisa Wareham Photography
  • Cavanaugh's
  • Headframe Spirits
  • BSB Court House
  • BSB MIS Dept.
  • Bad Beaver
  • Hadnagy frame shop
  • Butte Library
  • Main Stope
  • Hilltop Marketplace
  • HillTop Flea Mkt
  • Gamers
  • Jenny Peterson
  • Phoenix
  • Julian's
  • Hennessey Market

And thanks to our wonderful volunteers, especially Noorjahan Parwana (Dragon Master) and the Dragon Dancers from the Montana Tech Basketball Team (coaches Aaron Woliczko and Patrick O'Herron) and Butte High History Club (Chris Fisk and Jim McCarthy, coaches). And Sonny Thornborrow (organizing business blessings), Dori Skrukrud (snake float and buckets coordinator), Jim Ramsey and family for awesome fireworks, Shawn Crowe for the poster art, Butte Silver Bow Arts Foundation, Robert Edwards and Silver Bow Properties, and the city and county of Butte-Silver Bow and all of our volunteer board members.

2012

The 2012 Year of the Dragon Parade and celebration included business blessings for the following.
Their red-envelope donations will ensure prosperity throughout the coming year
for themselves and the Mai Wah!
  • Quarry Brewing
  • NorthWestern Energy
  • Butte Plaza Mall
  • Silver Dollar
  • InstyPrints
  • Butte Weekly
  • Jade Studio & Spa
  • Lisa Wareham Photography
  • Venus Rising
  • M & M Cigar Store Cafe
  • Headframe Spirits
  • BSB Court House
  • BSB MIS Dept.
  • Bad Beaver
  • Butteopia
  • Butte Library
  • Main Stope
  • Hilltop Marketplace
  • HillTop Flea Mkt
  • Gamers
  • Montana Therapeutic Massage
  • MainStreet Uptown Butte
  • Julian's
  • Hennessey Market

Feb. 5, 2011

The 2011 Year of the Rabbit Parade and celebration included business blessings for the following.
Their red-envelope donations will ensure prosperity throughout the coming year
for themselves and the Mai Wah!
Check out the videos posted below.
  • Butte-Silver Bow County Court House
  • MIS office, 2nd floor, County Court House
  • Lisa Wareham Photography, Hamilton Street
  • Julian's Piano Bar, Hamilton Street
  • Jade Studio, Main Street
  • Main Stope, Park Street
  • Hilltop Market, Park and Montana
  • Bad Beaver Bikes, Park Street
  • Insty Prints, 120 West Park
  • Phoenix Bldg. Park at Dakota
  • Quarry Brewery, 45 West Galena
  • Butte Weekly, corner of Main and Galena
  • Jenny Peterson - Royal Skin Care Treatment, 130 South Main
  • Silver Dollar Saloon
  • Mai Wah Museum
  • Whitehead's Cutlery, East Broadway
  • Silver Bow Properties, East Broadway
  • NorthWestern Energy, East Broadway
  • Butte Silver Bow County Public Library, West Broadway
  • Hennessey Market, East Granite Street


2011 video below from Anthrit of Butte - THANKS!

2010 Video below from Ktynan - THANKS!!

 


Photos and Links from the 2010 Year of the Tiger Parade

Thanks to the following businesses for donating red envelopes! Their contributions brought them a special Dragon Dance to guarantee luck and prosperity in the coming year.


Lisa Wareham Photography
Photos from the Parade
Jade Salon
Main Stope Art Gallery
Phoenix Building (Main Street Uptown Butte, Phoenix Gallery, Bernina)
Quarry Brewing
Butte Weekly
Silver Dollar Bar
Health Link Physical Therapy
Integrative Body Therapy
 

 


Special thanks to this year's Dragon Dancers, who went far beyond simply carrying the 60-foot dragon!

In addition to the Dragon Dance blessing each business, owners received a window card to show their support for the Mai Wah and to help keep evil spirits away. THANK YOU!



The Dragon, a gift to the Mai Wah from the people of Taiwan, returned to its home on Mercury Street for another year. 10,000 firecrackers welcomed the Dragon home.

You can visit it there, starting in June!