Chinese New Year twilight parade dazzles Sydney

CNC report from Sydney
Added On February 20, 2013

The biggest-ever Chinese new year Twilight Parade in Australia kicked off on Sunday.

A beautiful snake goddess drawn from Chinese mythology towered over the city of Sydney, attracting thousands of visitors.

The parade featured more than 3,500 performers from Australia and China, including 120 artists from Shenzhen, the City's official Chinese partner city for this year's festival.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) CLOVER MOORE, Load Mayor of Sydney
"There are many many events, but tonight is the highlight, where we invite everyone from Sydney here to join with us, to say 'gong xi fa cai' and 'Happy Chinese New Year'."
   
The parade dazzled with 22 colorful floats, live music, spectacular costumes and beautiful illuminated zodiac lanterns.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) WU YIHUAN, Vice Mayor of Shenzhen
"I am so glad to be celebrating Chinese New Year with all of the Sydneysiders, bringing blessings from 15 million people in Shenzhen."
   
The half-woman, half-snake known as "Lady White Snake" emerged from a giant snake head and rose high above the street, backed by a soundtrack fusing the traditional Chinese Lady White Snake opera and contemporary sounds.
   
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Local resident
"I think some floats from Shenzhen are amazing, I love the lighting float, and I think the really big dragon float was amazing and Lady White Snake, she is beautiful. Especially the dancing float from Shenzhen, the Disco dancing flow was awesome, there are so many, all fantastic."

47 groups from Sydney's Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese communities showed off their talents and unique cultures with traditional folk dancing, modern hip-pop performances and martial arts show.
   
Meanwhile, brilliant light projections appeared on buildings throughout the downtown area. The show lasted for three hours, ending with spectacular fireworks at darling harbor.