Asian celebration on tap

Much like Rolexes and emailed pleas from Nigerian millionaires, Chinese New Year celebrations are best when they’re authentic.

So if you can’t make it to Beijing to celebrate the Year of the Snake, Sunday’s festivities at Chinatown Plaza may be the next best thing.

Organized by the Chinese American Chamber of Commerce, the celebration includes performances of traditional Chinese lion dance, folk dance, martial arts and acrobatics .

Japanese, Polynesian, Vietnamese and Korean dancers also will perform. And what’s billed as the city’s biggest Asian food gathering includes Vietnamese, Japanese and Hawaiian dishes.

The celebration lasts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with performances scheduled from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday at 4255 Spring Mountain Road.

Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger are admitted free.

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