Opening Ceremony features costumed monkey characters, Lion Dance, unveiling of
Lunar New Year series Year of the Monkey official stamp by the U.S. Postal Service®
Thousands of Central Floridians, joining local officials and other community leaders, are expected this Sunday to mark The Year of the Monkey as the 5th annual Central Florida Dragon Parade and Lunar New Year Festival kicks off in Orlando on Sunday, February 14, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in and around Orlando Fashion Square mall.
This year, Asia Trend Magazine is partnering with Mills 50 (Orlando Mainstreet District), R.E.A.C.H. (Recognizing Educating Asian Cultural Heritage) and Y.E.S.S. (Youth Enrichment and Senior Services) to host the free event with food booths, cultural entertainment and exhibitions.
This is the only Lunar New Year parade in the state, in line with events in cities like Sydney, London, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Lunar New Year is the most celebrated holiday in East Asia. Although Lunar New Year is not an official holiday in Western countries, many of the Asian organizations in America hold large celebrations and parades to share its spring festivity.
PARADE: The festival parade – featuring the pageantry and talents of dozens of Asian cultural performance troupes, community groups, businesses and youth organizations – starts at the Anthem College Parking lot and will end at Orlando Fashion Square Mall’s front entrance (between Dillard’s & Macy’s). Parade start: 11 a.m.
NEW YEAR FESTIVITIES: The parade will be followed by another five hours of festivity that will take place at the main atrium stage inside the mall. Opening Ceremony includes the Lion Dance, international showcase, costumed monkey character performances and an unveiling of the Lunar New Year series official stamp of the year by the U.S. Postal Service®. Opening Ceremony: Noon.
Last year, 7500+ patrons came out and enjoyed cultural performances, Arts and Crafts, as well as 14 food booths and other exhibitions. Admission is free.
This year’s sponsors of the Orlando celebration include Orlando Fashion Square; Walgreens; Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC); Payas Payas Payas LLP; Bright House Networks; Florida Hospital; City of Orlando Families, Parks & Recreation; and the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida.
About the Year of the Monkey: The monkey is one of the 12 signs associated with the Chinese lunar calendar. According to legend, the animals raced across a river to determine their order in the cycle. The rat crossed by riding on the back of the ox, jumping ahead at the last minute to win the race. Next came the ox, then the tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, and ram, followed by the monkey in ninth place. People born in the year of a particular animal sign are said to share characteristics with that animal. Individuals born during the Year of the Monkey are said to be clever, wise, and honest. With their keen intellect and sociability, they can easily adapt to new situations.
For more information, please visit http://www.centralfloridadragonparade.org