141st Bok Kai Parade to be drive-thru event

Hong Wan Lung, also known as Fook Lung or the Luck Dragon, makes its way along D Street during the 140th Bok Kai Parade on Saturday, February 22, 2020 in Marysville. The dragon is brought to life by members of Beale Air Force Base and other volunteers.

 

Appeal Staff Report

The annual Bok Kai Parade will once again make its way through downtown Marysville on Saturday to celebrate the Year of the Ox, but things will look a bit different this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Since large gatherings of any kind are still prohibited under current COVID-19 guidelines, Bok Kai Parade Chairperson Candice Young Fresquez said the community will be invited to view the annual festivities from the privacy of their own vehicles in a drive-thru fashion.

“All entries that have been invited to participate will be stationary, much like a still art exhibit,” said Young Fresquez.

The route of this year’s parade has also been shortened. Those that attend will enter the parade route at Third and C streets and travel south before exiting at First and C streets.

“The ‘reverse’ parade will still have Lion dancers, Fook Lung the Dragon, the ceremonial gong and local government officials,” said Young Fresquez.

She said the Bok Kai Parade committee felt that because positive COVID-19 case numbers within the Yuba-Sutter community are lower than they have been in months, they were comfortable hosting the event with the drive-thru modification to ensure all in attendance will remain safe.

“Public safety with the virus is of utmost importance, we will ask for all to practice social distancing and to wear a mask,” said Young Fresquez. “We didn’t want to let 141 years of history just slip by without a simple celebration and that is what this will be – a simple celebration of history … When you come to celebrate please keep an open mind as this is not what our community is used to when watching the Marysville Bok Kai Parade.”

Young Fresquez said the committee is hopeful they will be able to return to the traditional parade format in 2022.

The 141st annual Bok Kai festivities will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m.

According to a release issued by the Marysville Bok Kai Parade Committee, a limited number of parade shirts and posters will be available for purchase on the day of the event at various locations in downtown Marysville. To pre-order a souvenir, email bokkaiparade@gmail.com

For more information, call 603-1880.

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