Experience Beijing & Embrace The 2008 Olympics With The Chinese New Year’s Goodwill Parade Coming on Hollywood Boulevard
Bringing the belief in harmony demonstrated in the Chinese New Year culture, over 500 Beijing performers will dance on Hollywood Boulevard beginning at noon, Saturday, March 3, 2007 in a giant Good Will Parade straight from China. The parade route starts at the historic Grauman's Chinese Theatre (Hollywood & Highland) and continues down Hollywood Boulevard to Wilcox Avenue. It will culminate with giant dragon balloons in the symbolic five colors of the Olympic rings and a Peace Dove balloon symbolizing world peace and harmony. The parade is being produced just for Los Angeles, the only U.S. city where the parade will be shown, and is a colorful display of floats, dancers, traditional Chinese programs and performers ages 7 - 70. Highlights of this cultural extravaganza include:
* Parade Prelude of "Beijing Welcomes You" with young models in costumes reflecting the architecture of the Imperial Palace in Beijing
* Colorful performers on Stilts, Zodiac Bicycles, Fan Dancers, Traditional Lion Dance, Umbrella Dancers, Sanlitun Village Dancers, Tai Ping Drum Dance and Beijing Student Opera Singers
* Floats of the Phoenix and Dragon decorated with giant Lanterns celebrating the Lantern Festival - the traditional closing of Chinese New Year's
* Premiere performance by the Beijing Blue Sky Kindergarten (students from age 7) performing "Hello Los Angeles" song written for this parade.
* Graceful ancient and modern dances with fans and silk ribbons in Tibetan and Mongolian traditions
* Magnificent floats with Chinese paper cuttings representing The Year of the Pig and floats of The Great Wall and Temple of Heaven, two of Beijing's most well known attractions
* New Year's special giveaways including Chinese Lucky Knots, Wheels of Fortune and other souvenirs
Mayor Villaraigosa is also expected to attend as the Eye of the Dragon is lit to begin the parade.
Visitors, locals and families from all over Los Angeles are encouraged to attend and experience this first-ever U.S. performance of the many dances and cultural experiences from China. Hollywood Boulevard between N. Orange Drive and Wilcox Avenue will be closed to traffic from noon until 2 p.m. on and parking is available on streets or in parking lots throughout Hollywood.
Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies
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