A large crowd gathered Sunday afternoon at Ryan and Frankford avenues on a relatively warm day for Mayfair’s first ever Chinese New Year Festival.
The event, celebrating the “Year of the Boar,” featured dance performances, raffles, a moon bounce, games, hot dogs, dumplings and balloon animals, among other things.
“I think it’s wonderful what’s going on here,” City Councilman At-Large Al Taubenberger told the crowd from a stage set up on Ryan Avenue.
The festival was organized by the Northeast Philadelphia Development Corporation, the Mayfair Business Improvement District and the office of Sixth District Councilman Bobby Henon.
It’s the second time the neighborhood has hosted a Chinese-themed event at the intersection. The Mayfair Mid-Autumn Festival was held there in September.
Susanna Wong, of the NPDC, said she would like to see Chinese celebrations continue to branch out from Chinatown.
“Hopefully, in the future, when everybody talks about it, I think there will be more people next time,” Wong said. ••