API Club Rehearses Routine During Drizzle
The Asian and Pacific Islander Club endured one of their several parade rehearsals on February 2, 2014. Whether rain or shine, the members of API devoted their time to practicing their routine for the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade on February 15, 2014.
API has attended the parade for several consecutive years, and the tradition continues on as the members began their rehearsals.
“We perform every year in the San Francisco parade,” API president Belle Lee (12) said. “This is about the twelfth year API has been a part of it. I think it really helps everyone form closer bonds and spread more awareness about our culture!”
As frequent participants, API has gained stable credibility as far as the parade sponsors go. This year, support for the club skyrocketed.
“It’s awesome to be able to represent the school. We get to go on TV and demonstrate our culture in a fun way,” API vice president Jake Ren (11) said. “We’re actually getting a $1,000 sponsor from AT&T this year.”
Rehearsal time was slightly limited due to weather conditions, but the crew pressed on in preparation for their performance.
“We hope not to fall over or forget any of our moves,” sophomores Jaiyi Lai and Mikaela Keung said. “The parade is pretty long, but it’s really fun. It feels like we’re doing more to represent our school.”
With a few more practices planned ahead of schedule, API combined forces to perfect the choreography for the performance, directed by junior Chloris Li.
“Our club wanted to stand out a bit more from other clubs, and we thought that there was nothing better than Chinese New Year to do it,” Ren said. “We’re the only club from American who can be as proud as I am to say we were a part of that parade.