In a prelude ot tomorrow's festivities I was rambling along 8th Avenue earlier today and stumbled on these Lion Dancers from some martial arts school doing the rounds of all the stores along the avenue. Tradition dictates that they will do a dance inside the store to ward off evil spirits for the coming year, in return of course, for some monetary renumeration. It's a way for these schools to raise some money. I suspect there will be other Lion Dancers doing the rounds up the avenue for the rst of the day. It would be neat if they extend the tradition to fifth avenue as well.