Verizon Wireless and MYX TV Celebrate Lunar New Year

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Korean cultural demonstration of elegant movement using only the head.

A Lunar New Year Celebration presented by Verizon was held this past weekend at Union Square in San Francisco. The cultural event brought hundreds of high schoolers, collegiates, and families to kick-off the 2013 Lunar New Year festivities.

A Chinese youth dancer's smile lights up the stage

A Chinese youth dancer’s smile lights up the stage

Emceeing the “Year of the Snake” event was Nicki Sun, a self-made multimedia entertainer, and David So, a stand-up comic. Both California natives brought to the program great entertaining humor to energize and involve the crowd.

Comedian David So and Multimedia Entertainer Nicki Sun capture the crowd with humor and prizes.

Comedian David So and Multimedia Entertainer Nicki Sun capture the crowd with humor and prizes.

On stage were cultural performances represented by the Chinese and Korean communities with a special appearance by a few women of the Vietnamese Intercollegiate community. During the intermission of the program, guests from the crowd were invited on stage to learn how to play with Korean percussion instruments and learn how to move and play in unison.

A Wu Shu martial artist demonstrates skill with movement of the sword and the quickness of his hands and feet.

A Wu Shu martial artist demonstrates skill with movement of the sword and the quickness of his hands and feet.

Made popular by YouTube and the Internet, music entertainers Jayne Rio, New Heights, Jason Chen, and Kina Grannis entertained the crowd. Every youngster here had their cameras, phones, and any other recording device imaginable out and capturing every minute of this outdoor event. The latest trend set by the youth of America of online social media that helped create these Internet sensations were literally in fact helping add to their popularity as fans were tweeting and uploading images, video, and audio to the Internet.

Jason Chen hits the high note on stage at Union Square for the Lunar New Year Celebration.

Jason Chen hits the high note on stage at Union Square for the Lunar New Year Celebration.

Jayne Rio sings her heart out on stage at the Lunar New Year Celebration.

Jayne Rio sings her heart out on stage at the Lunar New Year Celebration.

Opportunities throughout the day allowed guests to meet and greet guest performers, a chance to answer some Lunar New Year trivia with winners obtaining a goodie bag, and a couple raffle drawings for amazing prize giveaways.

Kina Grannis performs a great set and hundreds line up following her performance to get a photo or a chance at an autograph.

Kina Grannis performs a great set and hundreds line up following her performance to get a photo or a chance at an autograph.

New Heights take on new heights as lead singer Travis Graham engages the crowd.

New Heights take on new heights as lead singer Travis Graham engages the crowd.

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