Double dragon: Parade kicks off Chinese New Year celebration

Two Chinese dragons, one white and one red, by the East Gate of Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus

Image caption: Two Chinese dragons were part of Wednesday's Chinese New Year celebration on The Beach.

Credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

It was fine weather for dragons Wednesday afternoon as Johns Hopkins marked the arrival of Chinese New Year with a celebration on The Beach.

Students were treated to unseasonable temperatures in the high 70s and a colorful dragon parade. The dragons, a symbol of China, are believed to bring good luck.

The Chinese New Year began on Feb. 16, and celebrations will last for weeks. This year is the Year of the Dog on the Chinese calendar, which is based on the lunar calendar.

The event was co-sponsored by Off-Campus Housing, the Office of International Services, and the Marylander Apartments. A post-parade reception at the Marylander Apartments featured refreshments, karaoke, and a performance by Baltimore singer Davon Fleming, a semifinalist on NBC's The Voice.

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