Austin celebrates Lunar New Year



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Posted on February 16, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 16 at 8:46 PM

AUSTIN -- Around the world millions of people are celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Saturday, hundreds of Austinites joined in on the celebration.

Lively drum songs, traditional dancing, even a little Gangnam Style -- ushered in the Chinese New Year in Austin.

"It's good to have some place to go and bring the kids to experience that atmosphere of the Chinese New Year because we don't have the day off here," laughed Rachel Liao.

The crowd was showered with fortune cookies and got to see a martial arts show.

"The costumes are pretty interesting. Just seeing the variety in dances and the music is pretty good," said Jeremy Cox.

Mayor Lee Lefffingwell greeted a crowd of hundreds at the Chinatown Center on N. Lamar Boulevard.

Saturday's events highlighted the Lunar New Year, and organizers say it is a chance for them to share all Asian cultures with the Austin community.

"There's a ton of diversity here in Austin. And all it takes is to get out every once in a while and you get to see that," said Cox.

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