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Butte's Chinese New Year

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BUTTE - “One, two, three, roar!”

This dragon may look fierce, but don’t fear him.

“The dragon is the spirit of all things good,” said Mai Wah Society member Pat Munday

The Mai Wah Society uses the dragon as part of the Chinese New Year celebration that held in Butte. On Friday, the dragon was taken on a test run at various businesses, including the Butte Plaza Mall. Chinese culture has deep roots in the Mining City.

“Butte has celebrated Chinese New Year for more than 100 years going back to the late 1800s when we had a thriving Chinese community with at least 2,500 residents and the modern parade has been since the 90s,” Munday said.

So what I’m holding here is a pearl of wisdom and, of course, the dragon here, according to legend, chases it around, because if he gets it he’s immortal, but for people Butte the dragon is all about good fortune.

“The dragon visits the various businesses and to be visited by the dragon is to receive a blessing of prosperity for the new year,” Munday said.

The official Chinese New Year parade with be Saturday, Feb. 17th in Uptown Butte.

“We encourage everybody to do two things: Bring your friendly dog, because this is a year of the dog, and bring noisemakers, whatever you got, coffee cans with rocks, trashcan lids cymbals, drums, bring it on the noise chases the evil spirits away,” Munday said.

And Butte knows how to make noise. The parade begins at 3 p.m. in front of the Butte Courthouse. 

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