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Lunar New Year

Revellers brave the chilly night to enjoy spectacular floats parade

Wrapped up warmly against the wintery weather, thousands line Canton, Haiphong and Nathan Roads to watch 25 international and local performing groups, from NFL cheerleaders to taekwondo displays

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 January, 2017, 11:02pm
UPDATED : Monday, 30 January, 2017, 10:38pm

Thousands gathered in the heart of one of Hong Kong’s most popular shopping districts on Saturday evening, to enjoy a colourful procession of floats and dazzling performances by nearly 3,000 performers at the annual Lunar New Year night parade.

Tourists and residents, wrapped up warmly against the cold and windy weather, lined Canton, Haiphong and Nathan Roads in Tsim Sha Tsui in their thousands to watch some 25 international and local performing groups, featuring a mix of Asian and Western themes.

The centrepiece of the parade was a 2m rooster made entirely of Lego.

The statue was created by local professional Lego builder Andy Hung, using over 220,000 Lego pieces.

The procession included cheerleaders from the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams, to local lion dancers, and flag wavers from Italy.

Revellers had already started lining the streets hours before the floats started appearing to gain the best vantage points parade, while local performers and dance troupes entertained the early birds.

Some people had their own favourites they were waiting to see.

There was something for everyone in the lineup. 11-year Geena said she especially wanted to see the Ocean Park float because of her love of animals, while Paulo and his wife Tracy, visiting the city from Canada, just said the whole scene was “something special”.

The parade was flagged off by Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po at around 8pm, with the first float from Cathay Pacific rolling from the starting point at the Cultural Centre Piazza.

The main theme of this year’s event was the start of the 20th anniversary of the handover.