20th Anniversary of Chinese New Year Celebration L.O.

Written by Estero Bay News

February 16, 2024

A packed crowd filled the parking lot in front of Volumes of Pleasure Bookshoppe to celebrate the Year of the Wood Dragon as part of the Chinese New Year.

The tradition started 20 years ago by Carroll Leslie and Barbara Strauss, owners of the bookstore, after witnessing a Chinese New Year event in San Francisco. They originally intended to do just one cycle of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs but it has become a favorite tradition that everyone looks forward to.

Each year the Cal Poly Lion Dancers entertain with traditional dances and to bless the community.

“Our gratitude to our community for your continuous support! Thank you to our neighbors for letting us take over the parking lot for a few hours,” Carroll said. “Thank you to Carlock’s Bakery for making delicious bao, almond cookies and treats. Thank you all for coming out to share this gorgeous day with us. We are so fortunate to have the Cal Poly Lion Dance Team to help us celebrate.”

Photos by Dean Sullivan

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