By Caitlin Elizabeth Cesa | Photographs by Frances Del Duca
WHO:More than 2,000 guests, including Qui Jian, deputy consul general of consulate general of the People’s Republic of China in New York; Marcia Tongel, UPMC Office of Charitable Giving; Mary Esther Van Shura, director of the Community Affairs Office of Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald; Rick Saccone, Pennsylvania House of Representatives; and Dequan Jiao, president of the Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Center
WHAT: The 3rd Annual Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Festival was a day of education and celebration of the Pittsburgh Chinese community.
HIGHLIGHTS:Per tradition, the Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Festival began with the Lion Dance — the Lion chased after and tore apart a head of lettuce in order to retrieve a red envelope inside. The dance was done to bring good luck and fortune to the festival. Guests enjoyed authentic cuisine from the area’s best restaurants, including Jimmy Wan’s, Everyday Noodles, Little Asia, and Salem’s Market & Grill. Traditional performances, music, art, and exhibits rounded out the festival. >
“The festival brings the Chinese community together to showcase their beautiful culture and celebrate the diversity that makes Pittsburgh a special city.” — Lisa Mason Eck, owner and event director of Extraordinary Events Group