Two members of the Mak Fai Kung Fu Club perform an acrobatic routine as the crowd watches.

All photos by Ronnie Estoque.

Originally, the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) intended to host their New Year Celebration event on Feb 5. Eventually they rescheduled the event due to a surge in COVID cases. Over last weekend on Saturday, April 30, the rescheduled spring event drew in hundreds of people that filled the S. King St. corridor.

Local vendors set up shop throughout the day and featured a diverse array of cuisine and merchandise. Hing Hay Park served as the mainstage for all the performances on Saturday, which included the Sayaw Filipino Folk Dance Troupe at UW, Mak Fai Kung Fu Club, NW Kung Fu & Fitness, NW Wushu, WuDang Martial Arts, Seattle Kokon Taiko, and a Chinese cultural dance from Tanya Woo.

“Today’s celebration is kind of a reawakening for a lot of communities,” David Leong, owner of Northwest Kung Fu and Fitness School, told Fox13 Seattle in a segment that aired May 1.

S King St. was packed as event attendees visited different local vendor booths for food and merchandise.
Hing Hay Park was full of community members all eager to watch Saturday’s performances.
Dainty District, owned by Debbie Foong, showcased handmade earrings and other jewelry at her vendor booth.
Vietnamese restaurant, Bun & Oc, grilled seafood during the event.
The Sayaw Filipino Folk Dance Troupe at UW performs Maglalatik as the crowd watches. Photo by Ronnie Estoque.

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