Excitement mounds as Mayor Reed Gusciora kicks off the City of Trenton’s inaugural Chinese New Year Celebration today at 4 p.m. With all the activities planned and great eats along South Warren between East State and Lafayette Streets reflecting Chinese tradition, the event hopes to create a new buzz in the city. In fact, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, plans on joining the festivities around 7 p.m.

If you’re still on the fence, we put together a list of the top ten reasons why you should come out and be a part of this inaugural Chinese New Year Celebration.

  1. It will be the first event of its kind in the City of Trenton!
  2. It promotes cultural diversity and encourages support for all local businesses.
  3. Special activities will include a Chinese fashion show, a martial arts demo, Chinese classical opera dance, Chinese New Year Dragon Dance, and great music by a One-Man-Band and other artists.
  4. Vendors will activate the area with food, games, performances, and more, and the street will be lined with lanterns and other decorations.
  5. The evening will include a children’s dragon parade with Lena Chang, co-founder of NJ CURE Auto Insurance and co-founder of NJ PURE Medical Professional Liability, serving as the Grand Marshall.
  6. The Big Easy Restaurant will overhaul its entire menu for the occasion to include spring rolls, chicken fried rice, spring friend rice, beef ribs, sesame noodles, egg drop soup, teas, and more dishes. Mmm…
  7. Other participating businesses will include Checkers Food & Spirit,
    busting out a Chinese fusion dish; Columbus Pizza, serving up a Chinese pizza; Sunrise Luncheonette, cooking up Chinese food; and Starbucks, staying open late and giving away toys and prizes.
  8. 1911 Smokehouse and Classic Books & Gifts will stay open during topping off the evening with novel adventure and barbeque dreams.
  9. The event is free and open to all.
  10. The parking garage at the corner of Layette Street and South Warren Street will also be open to the public and free of charge during the event.

For more information, please email Andrew Fenwick at afenwick@trentonnj.org.