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Preparations for the Chinese New Year parades are in full swing

The annual procession of floats is the centrepiece of a range of official activities to commemorate the Year of the Dragon.

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Preparations for the 2024 Chinese New Year parades, which are scheduled on 12 and 17 February, are at an advanced stage, according to a government announcement published yesterday.

The event will feature 15 floats and approximately 1,000 performers from 30 different organisations. The performers hail from Macao, Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, as well as overseas, including such countries as Portugal, Italy, Korea, Thailand and Indonesia. 

Scheduled on the third day of the Lunar New Year, the first parade is due to take place between 8:00 pm to 9:45 pm and will start from Sai Van Lake Square, with Fisherman’s Wharf as the endpoint.

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The second parade will take place in the northern districts on the eighth day of the Lunar New Year from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm. It will begin at the University of Saint Joseph and end at Iao Hon Market Garden. 

The extravagantly decorated floats will also be exhibited at the Fisherman’s Wharf parking lot between 13 to 16 February, before being transferred to Tap Seac Square where they will be put on display from 18 to 25 February. 

Apart from the two Chinese New Year parades, the government has organised a range of events during the festive period, including a Golden Dragon Dance performance on 10 February; sports fitness events on 12 February and fireworks displays on 12, 16 and 24 February.

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