Sunday, February 12, 2012

Lion Dance Festival - Downtown San Mateo

This weekend, in conjuction with the Downtown San Mateo Association and Self-Help for the Elderly, I was honored to host the third annual Lion Dance Festival in Downtown San Mateo.
The festival featured performances and exhibitions from Downtown San Mateo merchants including the Shaolin Cultural Center, Talbot’s Toys, Kaiser Permanente, Fletch’s Hot Dogs, and Kaffeehaus CafĂ©. 

Over 300 people attended the free event, with kids taking home goodies from the various booths.  While gray skies threatened all day, the rain never came, and festival-go'ers enjoyed a festive, fun atmosphere!

Hosted by principal sponsors East West Bank, U.S. Bank, and the Peninsula Regent, and organized by the Downtown San Mateo Association, the event also raised $2,000 for Self-Help for the Elderly, a non-profit organization that provides hot meals and health and wellness activities to over 1,000 Bay Area senior, including a large number at their facility in San Mateo Central Park. 

Here are some photos from the event.  See you next year!

Lion dancers perform for the crowd.

Students from Shaolin Cultural Center (217 S. Claremont St., San Mateo)
show off their skills to the audience!

Lion Dance drummer get the crowd pumped up!

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