Feb172020

140th Annual Bok Kai Parade

Marysville, Ca

 

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The Chinese Lunar New Year, Bok Kai Parade and Festival welcomes the Year of the Rat.

 

The Bok Kai parade's rich history is believed to have started as far back as the 1850s. Always held on the weekend closest to the second day of the second month of the Lunar calendar it is the longest continually held parade in California. The parade honors Bok Eye, considered to be the god of the North and is said to be the Chinese water god whose powers have prevented Marysville from flooding since 1997. Bok Kai's powers include overseeing waterways, irrigation and rain. It has never rained during the parade.

 

The parade starts at 11:00 a.m. at the corner of 6th and D Streets on Saturday, February 22. The Grand Marshall for the 2020 parade is Frank Booth. Following the parade there are many entertainment venues, with a Lion Dance performance at 4:00 on 113 C Street.

 

On Sunday the 23rd Bomb Day activities will take place in China Town at 1st and C Street. Also known as Bok Kai's birthday a tradition that began in the 1880's.

 

Bok Kai Parade Ambassador is Carson Kam.  Carson Kam has lived in Marysville with family for almost two years now. He is attending his last semester at Cal Berkeley as a grad student in Economics. He did his under-grad studies at University of Central Florida. Carson was born in Florida and is a first generation born Chinese American. He is the youngest of four in his family. He hopes to stay in the Northwest part of the country after graduation.

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