International Chinese New Year Night Parade to ring in the Year of the Rooster

Published on : Friday, January 13, 2017

HKTBOrganised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), the 2017 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade will be held on the first day of Chinese New Year (28 January) in Tsim Sha Tsui. It is one of the HKTB’s events commemorating the 20 th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) this year. The celebratory spirit is aptly summed up with the theme “Best Fortune. World Party.”.

In addition to showcasing 10 vibrant, decorative floats, the parade has been scaled up to feature around 3,000 local and international performers, the largest number in the event’s history, including world-champion troupes from around the world. To warm up the crowd before the parade starts, the HKTB will give out about 13,000 festive gift packs to spectators as an expression of good wishes.

Dr Peter Lam, Chairman of the HKTB, said: “Hong Kong celebrates Chinese New Year in the most jovial manner. Apart from the HKTB’s splendid parade, the city will be immersed in a festive atmosphere, with attractions and shopping malls putting up colourful decorations and organising festive events to attract visitors. To mark the 20 th  anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR, this year’s parade will be scaled up to feature an impressive performance line-up.”

Dr Lam continued: “The HKTB has also shortlisted 20 auspicious attractions around Hong
Kong to encourage visitors to explore different districts and spend Chinese New Year like
a local. The HKTB would like to express its gratitude to all the participating and supporting
organisations. In particular, we would like to thank Cathay Pacific Airways, which is the
parade’s title sponsor for the 19 th consecutive year, and China Construction Bank (Asia),
which is the parade route supporting organisation for the third year.”

Mr Ivan Chu, Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific Airways, said: “Cathay Pacific is very
proud to be the title sponsor of the International Chinese New Year Night Parade for the
19 th consecutive year. This is one of the most vibrant spectacles on the Hong Kong events
calendar, and it has been a pleasure to watch it become one of the main focal points of
the Chinese New Year celebrations. We look forward to celebrating the beginning of the
Year of the Rooster with the people of Hong Kong and thousands of visitors from around
the world.”

A parade brimming with action and surprises

The parade will start at 8pm on the first day of Chinese New Year, showcasing 10 floats,
as well as 13 international and 13 local performing troupes. One of the highlights includes
a first-ever collaboration between two marching bands, Hong Kong’s own The Pegasus
Vanguard and the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps from the United States. Both were
champions at the prestigious Drum Corps International World Championships. Award-
winning performers specialising in artistic cycling, rope skipping and Latin dancing will also
be performing.
In addition, the HKTB has arranged roving performances, including dancing troupes,
magic shows and clown acts, presented by nearly 30 performing groups to warm up the
crowd starting at 6pm along the parade route. Close to 350 local youngsters will act as
“Lucky Buddies”, giving out about 13,000 festive gift packs as an expression of good
wishes, and Russian confectionery artist “Candy King” will ensure spectators have a
sweet beginning to the Year of the Rooster with his handmade cotton candy.

20 auspicious attractions recommended to ensure a memorable trip for visitors
To encourage visitors to explore Hong Kong and its unique culture in depth, the HKTB has
shortlisted 20 auspicious attractions around the city to help them spend Chinese New Year
like a local and experience the characteristics of different districts.

Other exciting programmes celebrating Chinese New Year

Hot on the heels of the International Chinese New Year Night Parade is a public display of
the floats from the 2 nd day until the 16 th day of Chinese New Year (29 January to 12
February) in Tai Po Lam Tsuen. On 29 and 30 January, various international performing
troupes will grace venues, including Lee Tung Street in Wan Chai, Temple Mall South in
Wong Tai Sin and pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon in San Po Kong, with their entertaining shows. The HKTB also recommends visitors to check out other exciting Chinese New
Year programmes, such as the Lunar New Year Fireworks Display and Chinese New Year
Race Day, for a richer Hong Kong experience.

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