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Dancing lions, African bones & masquerades

By February 21, 2013

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CNY dragon
A 270-foot-long golden dragon is the highlight
of Saturday night's Chinatown parade.
Photo by Knight Lights Photography.

Cultural events abound this weekend, and we don't mean Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony. On Saturday and Sunday, Chinatown will be a flurry of acrobats, dancing lions, artists and entertainers, in the final celebrations of the new lunar Year of the Snake. The climax is Saturday night's illuminated parade, one of the handful of night-time parades in the country. With Black History Month drawing to a close, the Museum of the African Diaspora is offering free admission on Saturday and inviting people to make clay bones to symbolize victims in Somalia and other African conflict zones. Purim begins this weekend, so here's your chance to make merry incognito; check our February calendar for where and when.

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