For the third year in a row, Squirrel Hill is celebrating the 2-week Lunar New Year Festival. Beginning with a kick-off celebration on Saturday, February 17th at the Jewish Community Center and culminating with the Year of the Earth Dog Parade on March 4th on Murray Avenue, be awed by dragons and dancers, taiko drummers and martial artists, and eat in some of the best Asian restaurants in the city! Year of the Earth Dog Kick-Off Celebration 1- 5pm, Saturday, February 17th / JCC in Squirrel Hill Free and open to the public/ family friendly Throughout the building, attendees can enjoy free arts and crafts for the kids including calligraphy, origami, making hand-drums (for the parade of course!), Chinese paper cutting, and more. There will be door prizes and free give-aways throughout the afternoon, be sure to submit your name! There will also be delicious, authentic Asian foods and drinks, savory and sweet for sale. In addition to the activities inside the JCC, two teams of lion dancers will be visiting and blessing our merchants on Forbes and Murray from 10am to 3pm. On stage in Levinson Hall, we have planned over 21 live performances. Proposed program is subject to change: Year of the Earth Dog Parade 11am, Sunday, March 4 / starting at Murray and Philipps going to Forbes More than 30 organizations and groups dressed in full regalia and cultural splendor will begin their march at Murray Avenue and Phillips. The route will continue up Murray Avenue and conclude at Forbes and Murray. Joining them will be the City-award winning Allderdice High School Marching Band, Silk Elephant Thai Breather, and much more! Between these two events, all of Pittsburgh is invited to celebrate Lunar Near Year in Squirrel Hill, where participating Asian restaurants will be offering specials. Silk Screen Festival and Carnegie Children’s Museum will be sharing films shorts in honor of the occasion. Get your Year of the Earth Dog T-Shirt! T-Shirt: $15 Select Size: Child MediumChild LargeAdult SmallAdult MediumAdult LargeAdult X-LargeAdult XX-Large Once your order is placed, you will receive an email confirming your order. After that, you may pick up your shirt after February 15th at Little’s Shoes on Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill. Shirts cannot be shipped or delivered. You can also purchase a shirt during the Kick-Off Celebration on February 17th at the JCC and the Lunar New Year Parade on March 4th in front of Mineo’s Pizza House on Murray Avenue. Lunar New Year PGH is a 2-week celebration organized by the partners Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, Uncover Squirrel Hill, OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates, Pgh, Jewish Family & Community Services, and the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh.