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Oriental Dragon Run
Oriental Town Hall
507 Church St.
Oriental, NC 28571

(252) 249-0555

December 31, 2016 For more than 30 years, Oriental has commemorated New Year's Eve with the Running of the Dragon. Huge, golden and Chinese with a flame-filled, smoke-snorting head and 40 or 50 pairs of feet, it appears at 8 PM and again at 11:30 PM beside the harbor. With as much noise as they can produce from bells, drums, horns, noisemakers and shouts of Happy New Year, the crowd pursues and reaches to touch the undulating tail for a year's worth of good luck. The dragon winds in and out through the waterfront streets delighting children riding their daddies' shoulders and adding to the noise with all possible might. How many feet propel the dragon body depends on how many folks don't mind running around in the dark under a dragon. Needless to say, Oriental's Dragon Run welcomes both visitors and bearers, and the photo opportunities are terrific. Following the final run, the Oriental Star and commemorative Croaker are dropped at the witching hour.

 

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