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Published on : Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Macao Government Tourism Office is presenting the grand outdoor celebration event for Chinese New Year, known as the “Parade for Celebration of the Year of the Monkey”, on the third day (10 February) and sixth day (13 February) of Lunar New Year. The annual event features fabulous float parade alongside over 1,000 performers, splendid fireworks, local display of floats and so forth. Ready to live broadcast the event through TV channels and on LED screens at a total of nine locations, MGTO hopes to fill the city with festive joy and celebrate Spring Festival with local residents and tourists from around the world. This year, the whole Parade will revolve around a story about the Monkey King, a famous character in a Chinese classical novel. A multimedia opening show will also kick off the Parade for the first time, promising an extravaganza of light and 3D effects. The Tourism Office will also launch an interactive Wechat game this February to give out prizes for any “golden monkey” found, encouraging visitors to celebrate Chinese New Year in Macao and enjoy a stroll along local walking routes themed as “Step Out, Experience Macao’s Communities”.
To bring out the zodiac sign “Monkey” in the city, the Parade this year revolves around a story about the Monkey King spending a Chinese New Year vacation with the Celestial Court in Macao. As the story begins, the Jade Emperor wishes to visit the earth for fun with his Celestial Court during Chinese New Year. Upon knowing that Macao hosts an annual float parade during Chinese New Year, he commands the Monkey King to visit Macao in advance to plan an exciting trip, before meeting the Celestial Court during the Parade. During the press conference, the Monkey King made a debut with 72 transformed faces featured in the 3D mapping show. A correspondent show will come into the spotlight at the Parade opening on the third day of Lunar New Year, a new highlight not to miss with spectacular effect.
The “Parade for Celebration of the Year of the Monkey” is organized by MGTO and co-organized by Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, Cultural Affairs Bureau and Macao Sports Bureau. The event is also supported by China National Tourism Administration as one of the sponsoring entities. A press conference about the “Parade for Celebration of the Year of the Monkey” was held at the Tourism Activities Centre today. MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, President of Macao Sports Bureau, José Tavares, MGTO Deputy Directors Cecilia Tse and Cheng Wai Tong, Head of Department of Civic Affairs and Consultation of Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, Patsy Ko Pui San, and Head of Arts and Performance Division of Cultural Affairs Bureau, Paula Lei, were present in the press conference together with representatives of the sponsoring entities.