Year of the Sheep celebrated - Sydney

The City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Twilight Parade, to be held Sunday 22 February, will feature more than 3,000 national and international performers, building projections and 35 floats.

 

Marking the Year of the Sheep, the parade will celebrate the sheep’s characteristics and depict its life from children’s nursery rhymes to the backbone of Australia’s farming success.

 

A giant five metre tall merino, shepherds, shearers, Bo Peeps and knitting grannies as well as floats from Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai communities will make this year’s parade one of the biggest and most impressive on record.

 

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Starting at Town Hall, performers and floats will weave their way down George Street and through Chinatown before finishing at Cockle Bay with a spectacular fireworks display to scare off the previous year’s bad luck and mark the beginning of the Year of the Sheep.

 

More than 100 performers from Sichuan, Shaanxi and Beijing in China will also perform. In Sydney exclusively for these celebrations, martial artists, acrobats, jugglers, puppeteers, dancers and musicians will amaze crowds with their unique skills and extraordinary performances.

 

Chinese New Year Festival Creative Director Gill Minervini said it was always an incredible spectacle watching the city streets come to life with all the magnificent colour and sound of the Chinese New Year Twilight Parade.

 

“The Twilight Parade is one of the most loved events of our Chinese New Year Festival and as we welcome in the Year of the Sheep, we will also be celebrating its fundamental part in Australia’s growth as a nation and the strong ties to the Chinese community,” Ms Minervini said.

 

“People born in the Year of the Sheep are wise, dependable, creative, calm, kind and clever – characteristics that we are celebrating in our Twilight Parade, along with a few surprises.”

 

The Twilight Parade is a free event, however limited VIP seating is available. Tickets are available through www.sydneychinesenewyear.com

 

Due to light rail works on George Street and developments in Darling Harbour, this will be the last year the Twilight Parade will run in its current format, with plans for alternative routes from 2016 already under way.

 

More than 80 family-friendly events make-up the City’s Sydney Chinese New Year 2015 program, the largest Lunar New Year celebration outside of Asia.

 

For program details see www.sydneychinesenewyear.com

 

29 January 2015.