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Taiwan, US officials in DC join Lunar New Year event

WASHINGTON -- Officials from Taiwan and the United States joined a boisterous Lunar New Year parade in Washington, D.C. to ring in the Year of the Horse.

Crowds gathered in Chinatown for the parade featuring fireworks and energetic lion and dragon dance performances.

Daphne Kwok, chair of U.S. President Barack Obama's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, extended wishes for a happy and prosperous Lunar New Year at the event on behalf of the White House.

King Pu-tsung, Taiwan's representative to the United States, and District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray jointly lit a firecracker to the applause of spectators.

Now a tourist attraction, the annual parade is organized by the Washington chapter of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, an organization for ethnic Chinese living in the U.S.

On Feb. 6, King and his wife will also participate in the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C., a yearly gathering of thousands of leaders from political, social, business and other circles.

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