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Golden Dragon Parade set to get Chinese New Year off to a fun start

Eighteen dancing lions, Macao mascot MAK MAK and Guizhou Congjiang Ethnic Art Troupe join in celebration overshadowed by Covid-19 precautions.

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Eighteen dancing lions, Macao mascot MAK MAK and Guizhou Congjiang Ethnic Art Troupe join in celebration overshadowed by Covid-19 precautions.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:43 am

The Golden Dragon Parade will take place on the first and second days of Chinese New Year (CNY), the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) has announced.

The opening ceremony for the Golden Dragon Parade will take place at the Ruins of St. Paul tomorrow. At 10:30 am, the God of Fortune will distribute golden ingots, while MGTO, Municipal Affairs Bureau and Cultural Affairs Bureau officials will officiate at the golden dragon and dancing lions’ eye-dotting ceremonies at 11 am.

A 238-metre-long golden dragon, along with 18 dancing lions, will parade from the Ruins of St Paul’s to the roundabout at Nam Van Lake and Sai Van Lake Square.

The contact-tracing QR codes (venue codes) will be posted at the eye-dotting ceremony for participants to scan using the Macao Health Code app. Participants must wear a facemask, undergo temperature checks and present a valid Macao Health Code.

Performers must also meet the Health Bureau’s requirements concerning “Prevention of Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia – Advice on the Management of Collective Festive Events, and Recreational and Sports Activities”, such as having completed two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Dance performances will also take place in Largo do Pagode da Barra, the Ruins of St Paul’s, Largo do Pagode do Bazar and Taipa Houses, with the famous Guizhou Congjiang Ethnic Art Troupe featuring among the performers.

Legendary figures and Macao’s official mascot MAK MAK will greet and distribute golden ingots to pedestrians, along with lion dances at Anim’Arte Nam Van, Largo do Pagode do Bazar, Rotunda de Carlos da Maia, Carmo Fair in Taipa, Largo do Senado, A-Ma Temple, Taipa Houses, Barrier Gate, Qingmao border checkpoints and the Leisure Area in Rua do General Ivens Ferraz.

Other CNY activities, such as the “2022 Parade for Celebration of the Year of the Tiger” will take place on 3 and 12 February, as well as the firework shows on 3,7 and 15 February, The Macau Post Daily reported.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:43 am

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