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
- 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
Chinas 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.