Eighth annual YèShì Night Market fills Chinatown streets with entertainment

The smell of sparklers filled the air at the eighth annual Chinatown YèShì Night Market on Thursday.

The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation hosted the event, which took place on 10th Street between Arch and Vine on Race Street between 9th and 11th.

Thousands of people packed together in Chinatown to enjoy a night of entertainment and appreciation of Chinese culture.

The event included karaoke, food trucks, restaurants, musicians and other performers.

“The Night Market is when all different people have fun every year,” said Jimmy Shen, the owner of Yakitori Boy, a Japanese karaoke bar that offered outdoor karaoke at the event.

Northeast Philadelphia resident Carol Hawkins, 27, attended the event with her 16-year-old sister Kyana Hawkins. The two spent their time walking around trying new foods.

“We’re walking around to see what to try,” Hawkins said. “It’s been pretty fun!”

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