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Non-profit Asian Chamber of Commerce of Acadiana (ACCA) will hold the Asian Festival of Acadiana this Saturday, Jan. 25, at Parc International to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

The event will feature a martial arts showcase, cuisine, performances and activities on top of other traditional Chinese festivities, according to the event’s poster, and it is scheduled to run from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The ACCA isn’t doing it alone, however, as they will be working with the Lafayette Chinese American Association and the Mandarin Immersion Ambassadors of Acadiana.

This will be the third festival the ACCA puts on. Although the festival began as a private ticket event, according to a story the Advocate put out with last year’s festival, the ACCA decided to open it to the public.

Five members founded the ACCA in 2017, and, according to its website, the mission of the ACCA is to “provide business, social, and professional members of ACCA a voice in the community while maximizing business opportunities, professional services, and business development within the nine parishes of Acadiana."

The Saturday of the festival will mark the beginning of the transition out of the Year of the Pig and into the Year of the Rat, which will also be the start of a new cycle in the Chinese Zodiac.

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