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PHOTOS: Shannon Park Elementary celebrates Chinese New year with festive parade

Hundreds of first-graders at Shannon Park Elementary in Rosemount took part in the annual parade to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Photos by Kara Hildreth / Contributor1 / 6
First-graders spent hours creating art and props for the parade like this giant yellow dragon head.2 / 6
First-graders carry a sign for the Year of the Pig. The animal represents prosperous wealth and good fortune.3 / 6
All first-graders at Shannon Park Elementary lined up with anticipation prior to the parade, while the school’s other students sat outside classrooms to enjoy the colorful parade.4 / 6
Students used cooperation skills to walk the halls wearing the delicate, colorful, paper dragon bodies.5 / 6
Family members showed up to see their child and all the first-graders celebrate the Chinese New Year with a parade.6 / 6

ROSEMOUNT — Shannon Park Elementary first-graders celebrated the Chinese New Year with colorful dragons in a lively parade.

Hundreds of first-graders entertained guests Friday, Feb. 15, in this annual, anticipated parade that has been a tradition for more than 20 years. 2019 marks the year of the pig.

First-graders study Chinese culture and work to create bright-colored dragons after hours of creativity and folded strips of colored construction paper.

For years, students who have Chinese descent are welcome to have family come into the classrooms and share their culture and artifacts and share the language with classes.