2020: Year of the Baltimore Rat
Did you know 2020 is a Year of the Rat according to the Chinese zodiac? Here at Chase Street A&E we think this must be a good omen for Baltimore City. If we've claimed the rat as our unofficial mascot, then this is our year! We've put together a few gifts and souvenirs to commemorate this alignment, which only happens every 12 years.
If you don't have plans for New Year's Eve in Baltimore, there are a ton of options! Charm City has all sorts of events with lots of character, many of which are well-known and well-attended (such as the Ball Drop in Hampden at 34th Street and the fireworks in the Inner Harbor). But don't forget to check out the smaller local venues! We'll be checking Baltimore Food and Fun for the latest listings.
But what does it mean for it to be a year of the Rat? The rat represents wisdom. Personality traits for the people born in the year of the Rat are intelligent, charming, quick-witted, practical, ambitious, and good at economizing as well as social activities. The weaknesses are that the Rats are likely to be timid, stubborn, wordy, greedy, devious, too eager for power and love to gossip.
Baltimore has had a tumultuous relationship with rats, but we choose to claim it as a snarky symbol of our city's potential despite how some may perceive it. We think this story captures the Baltimore's scrappy spirit perfectly: