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February 13, 2013
Oriental continued its tradition of dragon running to welcome a new year. Sunday afternoon, February 10, Oriental’s Chinese dragon and a crowd of a few hundred helped to ring in the 2013 Chinese New Year – the year of the snake – with a dragon run down Hodges Street.Dragon’s head above Hodges Street in Sunday’s Chinese New Year, ringing in 2013 and the Year of The Snake.
This was the third year that the town has celebrated not only the January 1 New Year but also the date-shifting new year of the Chinese lunar-based calendar. This year, it fell on February 10 and the sunny afternoon found the dragon and its troupe of handlers, drummers and fan-wielding children parading near the harborfront.While the dragon drew eyes upward, children who were part of the parade held umbrellas.The Chinese Dragon passes Oriental’s harbor in Sunday’s 2013 Chinese New Year dragon run.
Children distributed fortune cookies at the event and afterward, on the nearby grounds of the Oriental Marina, 150 people had a Chinese New Year Dinner. It was a first time in the three years of the dragon run that a dinner had been organized.One new feature this year: the kids wove in and out of the dragon handlers as they came down Hodges Street.For many of the children, it was their third Chinese New Year dragon run.
The fundraiser for the Oriental Dragon Boat Club made $668 to help pay for the $10,000 dragon boat acquired for its members to practice in. The Oriental Dragon Boat Race, drawing teams from across the state and region, is the village’s next big dragon-centric event. It is planned for August 11.Sigrid Overcash hoisting the ball baton,which the dragon tried at times to bite.Clearing a path, and providing a rhythm section for the dragon: The Drummin’ Dragons Drum Circle (Who stretched out in to a line for the occasion.)
The meal was a tad delayed in starting because the caterers, China Garden restaurant in New Bern, began to drive towards Morehead City. They got several miles down US 70 to James City when Dragon Boat Club organizers Jeff Aydelette and Flora Moorman steered them toward Oriental.
In the end though, 150 folks were able to cap off their dragon run with a Chinese meal.There were fans of the dragon and fans for the dragon….