Dragons, lions, music, and meals: 2022 Chinatown Road Pageant attracts 1000’s of tourists

Dragons, lions, music, and meals: 2022 Chinatown Road Pageant attracts 1000’s of tourists

A dragon is flown via the opening ceremonies for the Chinatown Road Pageant in Calgary on Saturday, August 20, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

Hundreds of Calgarians took in dazzling shows of martial arts and athletic prowess, alongside the culinary tastes and musical tradition of Calgary’s Chinese language Neighborhood.

The Chinatown Road Pageant returned on Aug. 20, after a two-year pandemic break. It marked the return of the annual pageant that has commonly drawn upwards of 30,000 folks in years previous.

Ward 7 Coun. Terry Wong, and former govt director for the Chinatown BIA, referred to as the return of the pageant extraordinarily vital for Chinatown and the Chinese language neighborhood.

“The pandemic was laborious for the neighborhood, particularly as a result of in our Chinese language neighborhood we truly took the quarantine very critically. Individuals truly stayed residence and really hardly ever went out until it was to take meals to their households,” he mentioned.

“So now that we we’re truly opened up once more… that is our first nice celebration.”

The pageant was opened with speeches by politicians from all orders of presidency, representatives from the the Chinatown and Crescent Heights BIAs, and a consultant from the Hong Kong Financial and Commerce Workplace.

Alternative to get collectively once more

Grace Su, Chairperson for the Chinatown BIA, mentioned that the pageant was a chance for the neighborhood to get collectively once more.

“You actually can benefit from the tradition, benefit from the enjoyable, the odor of meals and the retailers coming collectively, and the completely different neighborhood companions—and we’ve been lacking it for 2 years,” she mentioned.

“It’s nonetheless so good to have it again, and I’m seeing everybody coming collectively in large numbers, so I’m very thrilled.”

Su mentioned that the quantity of labor to get the road pageant off the bottom for this 12 months was appreciable. She laughed in regards to the neighborhood being a bit rusty after the hiatus.

She cited persevering with provide chain and logistics points as a barrier that made the pageant harder to drag off for 2022, however mentioned that the neighborhood volunteers stepped as much as make it occur.

Mayor Jyoti Gondek referred to as that rebuilding of neighborhood spirit vital for the downtown core.

“Anytime you might be including vibrancy in a neighborhood, notably in downtown which noticed a lot hollowing out through the pandemic—having occasions like that is extremely vital, large sense of togetherness, and it actually demonstrates the range and the power of our metropolis.”

The Chinatown BIA can be holding one other occasion on Sept. 9, with the 2022 Chinatown Lantern Pageant. Extra particulars on that occasion will be discovered at www.visitcalgarychinatown.com/lanternfestival2022.

Pageant a family-friendly occasion that highlighted range of Chinatown choices

Neighborhood members placed on performances utilizing conventional Chinese language devices, together with the guhzen and the ehru. Members of the martial arts communities carried out lion dances, dragon dances, and placed on shows of conventional Chinese language weaponry.

The pageant additionally featured a large variety of distributors and actions, together with a volleyball event. Individuals had an opportunity handy paint paper lanterns in a lead as much as the Chinatown BIA’s 2022 Lantern Pageant, happening on the night of Sept. 9.

Chinatown BIA govt director Brian Wong joked with the gang through the opening ceremonies about what Chinatown might supply guests.

“If, for instance, if my battery runs out, I’m going to the cellular phone place to get new cellular phone—only a model new cellular phone.”

He mentioned although, extra critically, that the BIA has been working to raised inform Chinatown’s story. One of many methods Chinatown is planning to entice extra guests is thru an enhanced cell web site that might enable the BIA to share promotional coupons from retailers.

Chinatown stays must-visit vacation spot

Coun. Wong mentioned the pageant highlighted the message that Chinatown continues to be a must-visit vacation spot for Calgarians.

“It’s not simply right here to come back down for a fast bubble tea and go away. There’s a variety of issues that go on right here,” he mentioned.

“It’s not simply in regards to the eating places, it’s not simply in regards to the clothes, but additionally the Chinese language Cultural Centre’s wonderful museum. Crucial factor is it’s a household factor, a gathering, and that’s what tomorrow’s Chinatown is all about: making a gathering house for households.”

Su mentioned that the celebration of the tradition and 145 years of historical past of the Chinese language neighborhood in Calgary have been each issues that the BIA needed to share by way of the road pageant.

“We’ve got such an extended historical past in Calgary and the contributions that we now have carried out to Calgary, but additionally we’re communities which can be very inclusive.”

“We’re Calgary, we’re Calgarians, and we wish to make it possible for we have a good time our tradition with all people in Calgary.”

Pictures from the 2022 Calgary Chinatown Road Pageant

A dragon is flown via the opening ceremonies for the Chinatown Road Pageant in Calgary on Saturday, August 20, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Performers stick their toes out from beneath lion costumes through the Chinatown Road Pageant in Calgary on Saturday, August 20, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Calgary Centre MP Greg McLean, left, Mayor Jyoti Gondek, Chinatown BIA chairperson Grace Su, Minister of Municipal Affairs Ric McIver, and Ward 7 Councillor Terry Wong lower the ribbon for the opening of the Chinatown Road Pageant in Calgary on Saturday, August 20, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A performer with the Concord Guzheng Ensemble performs a guzheng on the Chinatown Road Pageant in Calgary on Saturday, August 20, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A musician performs an erhu, a standard Chinese language musical instrument, on the Chinatown Road Pageant in Calgary on Saturday, August 20, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Youth martial arts performers await their flip to carry out on stage on the Chinatown Road Pageant in Calgary on Saturday, August 20, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Hand painted lanterns are hung in a tent on the Chinatown Road Pageant in Calgary on Saturday, August 20, 2022. The Calgary Chinatown Lantern Pageant can be happening on Sept. 9. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The dragon makes its method via the crowds on the Chinatown Road Pageant in Calgary on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY