All set for Lunar New Year Party at Garapan Fishing Base

THERE will be a lot of presentations during the first Lunar New Year Party in the Marianas which will be held Friday and Saturday at the Garapan Fishing Base, organizing committee chair Charles Cepeda said.

“We have various ethnic groups participating,” he added.

At Wednesday’s committee meeting, Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang said the first lunar event on island will be “exciting, educational, and entertaining.”

“I invite everybody to bring their family members and enjoy the program,” he added.

Gordon Marciano, one of the committee coordinators, said the first night will be highlighted by an award ceremony for 200 students of the Public School System.

Marciano said the students will be recognized for their accomplishments.

On Friday, the visiting Shanghai Sinma Acrobatic Troupe and other cultural groups will perform.

Marciano said they will also recognize the event’s sponsors and supporters.

“We are still looking for more sponsors,” he added, as he encouraged other businesses to support the event and value the significance of the Lunar New Year celebration.

On Saturday, the highlight of the program is the Marianas Barkus Dog Parade which will start from the Carolinian Affairs Office parking area and proceed to the Garapan Fishing Base.

Registration starts at 4 p.m. and the parade will begin at 5 p.m.

Dog-parade coordinator Jamika Taijeron said those interested in taking part can pre-register at

As of Wednesday, she said they had registered 23 dog participants.

“We will be giving away plush toys to the first 25 participants,” she said, adding that all participants will get a gift from the organizers.

Participating dogs must be leashed at all times, and the minimum donation is $5 per entry.

Taijeron said T. Galleria will match the proceeds and the total amount will be donated to the Saipan mayor’s stray-dog shelter.

For more information, email [email protected].

After the parade, Marciano said there will be free rides on a traditional canoe in the lagoon from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“The navigators will also share their stories,” he said, adding that they have likewise invited Stanley Taisacan, a Chamorro culture practitioner, who will join representatives of government agencies in a presentation about ancient Chamorro lunar practices.

Eight food and three beverage vendors have so far registered for the two-day Lunar New Year celebration.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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