Chinese New Year celebrated in the Gaslamp District

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SAN DIEGO - Chinese New Year celebrations have taken over the Gaslamp District.

The 33rd annual Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair event on 3rd Avenue and J Street includes lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations, children's crafts and a lantern parade.

The two-day event is held every year in accordance with the lunar calendar. This year we celebrate the ram.

“One of the fun things about this year is that the symbol can be either a ram or a goat," said Kent Brisby, a performer at the event. "The ram is associated with helpfulness and cleverness.”

More than 200,000 Chinese Americans live in San Diego. Kelsy Rafferty, 14, was a dragon performer who said the New Year's weekend is a family tradition.

“It’s a great way to connect with people of the same heritage," said Rafferty.

Aside from meeting new people, there are dozens of street vendors. You’ll find everything from traditional food to clothing.

The event continues Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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