The Revere Buddhist Community – the temple on Thornton Street – will be holding quite a celebration next weekend, on April 14th, to celebrate the Cambodian New Year.
Officially, it is the ‘Year of the Pig.’
Organizer Sareth Sak said the celebration has been held in Lynn and Lowell in previous years with great success, and this will be the first year it will be held in Revere. They will be blocking off Thornton Street to have a block party that is expected to attract 500 to 1,000 people to the area.
There will be a Cambodian live band, drum parades, religious blessings, classical Cambodian dance and a Trot Dance parade – something that has only been performed in the United States once before.
Honored guests will be Mayor Tom Ambrosino, Police Chief Terence Reardon and Councillor and Senate Candidate Dan Rizzo.
The outside event will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., but the New Year celebration will continue for two more days inside the temple at 75 Thornton St.
Participants coming from outside the neighborhood can park at the Stop & Shop in Wonderland. Organizers are discouraging visitors from parking in the neighborhood.