Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

Many people, including city and county officials, enjoyed a day of color, music, dance, food and cultural history Saturday at the Hmong New Year Celebration in Crescent Elk Auditorium.

Wearing clothing that was sometimes as audible as it was colorful, dancers, singers, fashion models, musicians and speakers took turns on the stage to share a bit of the Hmong Culture.

Pa Xiong, executive director of the Hmong Cultural Center, said the event went quite well and took months to plan.

“It takes a community, and it took the whole community, to do this,” Xiong said. “We all got together to help.”

Xiong coordinated the stage design and wrote the grant that allowed the non-profit organization to hold the event. She
said every Hmong Family also put in $20 each.

Between performances, all were treated to a buffet lunch of Hmong cuisine, served by performers and members of the Hmong community.

There are an estimated 60 to 80 Hmong families living in Del Norte County.