Lion and dragon dances and marching veterans groups were the star attractions at the Tet Lunar New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 1, as the parade ran along Bellaire Blvd. between Turtlewood and Cook Road, ending at the Hastings 9th Grade Center.
“Houston has one of the largest Vietnamese populations in the country,
said Karen Loper, a director on the International Management District board who also works in Vo’s office. For that reason, Vietnamese veterans’ groups welcomed American veterans to participate in the parade. “What we really want is for this to be not just a celebration for the Vietnamese community, but for all of Alief,” Loper added.
“Lunar New Year is incredibly important to the Houston Asian-American community. It is a special time for us to reunite with family, renew special friendships, remember the past, and prepare for the future. The 2014 Tet Lunar New Year Parade gives us the opportunity to celebrate as a city and share our culture and good wishes with all the residents of Houston.”
–Hubert Vo, Texas State Representative