On March 6, 2004, the 16th annual Asian Celebration was held on Main Street in Isleton, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Formerly celebrated as the Chinese New Year, the event was modified in recent years to be more inclusive of Isleton's diverse Asian heritage, and is now held on the first Saturday of March every year.
In the traditions of days gone by, the Chinese New Year was celebrated in downtown Isleton. Isleton's Main Street was closed off to traffic, yielding way to Saturday's fanciful parade at 11:00am, with lots of festive family activities.
The event featured Lion Dancers in traditional dress blessing local businesses, dramatic martial arts demonstrations, Japanese Taiko Drums, rickshaw rides, and arts and crafts booths. While firecrackers exploded in the streets to chase away evil spirits, visitors tasted traditional Chinese cuisine and took rickshaw rides through Historic Isleton. We relived the historical tradition of Isleton's Chinese New Year, and celebrated Isleton's rich heritage.