Butte to host annual Chinese New Year parade


BUTTE, Mont. - The Mai-Wah Chinese Museum in Butte is hosting its annual Chinese New Year Parade Saturday February 16.

The celebration is scheduled to take place at 3:00 p.m. outside of the Butte-Silver Bow County Courthouse and will finish at the Mai-Wah Chinese Museum located at 17 E. Mercury St.

The parade welcomes audience participation and will include a traditional Chinese dragon along with the lighting of over 100,000 fireworks.

The celebration has been happening since 1998 honoring the traditions of the Chinese culture and the historical impact the Chinese had on the town of Butte.

"We advertise it as the world's shortest, coldest and loudest, and in any given year it's typically two out of three of those maybe," said Richard Gibson, a board member for the Mai-Wah Chinese Museum.

"But when we get down here to the Mai-Wah the dragon will arrive again back to its home and then we'll set off over 100,000 firecrackers to celebrate the arrival," concluded Gibson.

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