By Mike Rosenberg
San Mateo County Times
02/26/2010 04:33:59 PM PST
SAN MATEO — With the help of the city's first Asian councilman, the San Mateo Lunar New Year celebration today will benefit local organizations.
The "Year of the Tiger" celebration will be held downtown, starting at the corner of Fifth Avenue and El Camino Real, from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Two groups of lion dancers composed of Bay Area students dressed in costumes will visit more than 40 downtown businesses to perform with traditional music and drums.
The businesses will then "feed" the dancers traditional red envelopes that contain money for Self-Help for the Elderly and the Shaolin Cultural Center, which both have locations in San Mateo.
Councilman David Lim helped organize the event with the Downtown San Mateo Association and local companies. Mayor John Lee, Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and council members from other Peninsula cities will also be in attendance.
"The diverse businesses supporting this event showcase the richness and diversity of the San Mateo community, and I hope all our neighbors will come out to enjoy the festivities and celebrate the Year of the Tiger," Lim said in a statement.
The event will finish with a performance by the dancers at the Central Park recreation center at 1:30 p.m.