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Do you remember this memorable march?

The Lunar New Year sparked the museum to look back at other cultural celebrations
The July 1 parade in 1962. This photo shows the lion dance troop marching down the street with banners. St. Anthony's and St. Mary's hospital are seen in the distance.

Jan. 22 marked a new Lunar New Year! This year is the year of the rabbit. With this celebration, we remembered other celebrations of culture and Chinese traditions.

The July 1 parade of 1962 displayed a memorable march involving a lion dance down Algonquin Boulevard and Maple Street. Part of their display was a lion, which typically represents power and wisdom. Lion dances were performed at the parade and also for other events like festivals, Lunar New Year and other festive occasions. The dance is meant to bring good luck and fortune. 

Typically, a lion carried in a parade like this, required two dancers to carry it. They would animate the lion, one person in front operates the head, mouth and eyelids while the second person co-ordinates the back end. 

Visit the museum to see other examples of Chinese culture in our community.

The Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre regularly provides TimminsToday readers with a glimpse of the city’s past.

Find out more of what the Timmins museum has to offer here and read more Remember This columns here.