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Uptown Prepares to Celebrate Asian Lunar New Year

By Adeshina Emmanuel | February 13, 2013 8:04am
 Spectators enjoy the Asian Lunar New Year parade in Uptown in 2011.
Spectators enjoy the Asian Lunar New Year parade in Uptown in 2011.
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UPTOWN — Uptown will celebrate the Lunar New Year on Saturday with an afternoon parade and other Asian-themed cultural events.

The Asian Lunar New Year celebration is scheduled to start on Saturday, according to an announcement from the 48th Ward. A parade — with a marching band, floats, dancing dragons and martial arts demonstrations by Shaolin monks — will start about 1 p.m. at 1121 W. Argyle St.

The parade will travel east to Sheridan Road, then circle the Broadway Supermarket Shopping Plaza before traveling north on Broadway back toward Argyle to end the event.

Parking will be prohibited along the parade route from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Argyle will be closed from Broadway to Sheridan by 12:30 p.m., according to the 48th Ward.

The South-East Asia Center is also hosting a 10-course Chinese banquet-style dinner at Furama Restaurant, 4936 N. Broadway, at 11:30 a.m. Reservations are $25 and can be made by calling (773) 989-6927.

And the Chinese Mutual Aid Association is hosting its own Chinese New Year event at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson, with dance performances and a "delicious Chinese lunch," according to the association website. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children. Call the association at (773) 784-2900 for more details.