Story by WVUA 23’s Cameron Dobbs.

The Chinese Sisterhood of Tuscaloosa (CST), PARA and Allstate teamed up to host the Mid-Autumn Festival in Capitol Park on Sunday, Sept. 15.

The festival is the mid-point of the Chinese New Year and gives families the chance to gather and reflect on the year so far. Qiaoli Lang, president of CST, compared the celebration to Thanksgiving.

“It’s really kind of a get-together. It’s a kind of reunion for family, friends, the community,” she said.

The festival had games, line dances and a moon pie making and tasting. The moon pie is a traditional dessert for the festival, representing the full moon.

“We see this as an opportunity to build relationships with the Asian American community through parks and recreation,” said Jay Logan, Tuscaloosa County PARA community outreach director. “What better way [to come together as a family]than at a local park?”

This is the fifth year that CST has hosted a Mid-Autumn Fesitval in Tuscaloosa. The group also holds celebrations for the Chinese New Year.

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