Mai Wah Society

The 1999 Chinese New Year's Parade

In this Year of the Rabbit, the Mai Wah Society's New Year Parade erupted at 4 pm on Saturday, February 20th. The parade began at the County Courthouse on the corner of Montana and West Granite Streets and made its way to the Mai Wah and Wah Chong Tai buildings on West Mercury Street. Refreshments, an open house, and fireworks followed.
 
Once again the parade was led by the dragon donated to Montana's Chinese community in 1998. Last year, a special celebration acknowledged the generous contribution of the authentic ceremonial parade dragon from the Republic of China’s Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission.
 
 
The dragon was built in Taipei especially for Montana celebrations and made its way to the United States by freighter from Taiwan to Seattle. Then, thanks to Wal-Mart, the dragon made it to Butte by truck in time to celebrate its first Chinese New Year in Montana.