Sydney’s George Street will be overrun with hundreds of galloping horses on Sunday night, as the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Twilight Parade weaves its way through the city.
Rocking horses, jockeys, chess knights and the parade’s special guest, a 20ft horse will trot through the streets as Sydney welcomes the Year of the Horse and brings to life the festival artwork Safety & Peace in Four Seasons.
The herd of colourful steeds will be joined by crowd favourites including giant Chinese dragons, as well as floats from local Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese communities, martial arts performers and much more, with over 2,700 performers and 32 floats for all to admire.
A highlight of the parade will be 350 world-class performers direct from Beijing, Shaanxi and Hunan in China. In Sydney exclusively for this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations, martial artists, acrobats, jugglers, puppeteers, dancers and musicians will wow crowds with their special skills and jaw-dropping performances.
The city’s buildings will also be lit up with stunning projections wishing revellers a Happy Lunar New Year throughout the evening.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the annual Chinese New Year Twilight Parade was always the highlight of the City’s Lunar New Year celebrations.
“We’re expecting over 100,000 people to line the city streets to watch Sydney come to life with the colours and sounds of the Chinese New Year Twilight Parade,” the Lord Mayor said.
“The parade is a fantastic event to enjoy with family and friends and it’s the perfect way to celebrate the diversity of our great city.”
Chinese New Year Festival Creative Director Gill Minervini said watching the city streets transform into a dynamic parade filled with the sights and sounds of Asia was always a spectacle to behold.
“The Twilight Parade is always a crowd favourite, but as we welcome the Year of the Horse, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves to ensure it’s even more fun than usual,” Ms Minervini said.
“The horse is known for being smart, handsome and hardworking, but also for loving a party, so saddle up Sydney – this is going to be one wild Twilight Parade.”
The parade kicks off just after 8pm, starting at Sydney Town Hall and weaving its way through Chinatown before finishing with a fireworks display at Cockle Bay.
Crowds will also have the opportunity to get up close with some of the parade elements afterwards, with a special selection of floats on display at Darling Quarter afterwards.
The event is free, however limited ticketed seating is available. Go to sydneychinesenewyear.com for all the details.
Chinese New Year Twilight Parade 2014
When Sunday 2 February, 8pm
Where Sydney Town Hall to Chinatown, followed by fireworks at Cockle Bay
For more information, interviews and high-resolution images, contact:
Chinese New Year 2014 Publicist Sue Fagan
Phone 0420 221 130 or email [email protected]
City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Keeley Irvin
Phone 0448 005 718 or email [email protected]