It’s hard to believe that it’s almost time for Mega Mardi Gras, but it’s true. The annual celebration of Chinese New Year is set to kick off in early February, and with millions of people expected to attend this year’s festivities, Sydney will be alive with excitement. For those who haven’t heard of Mega Mardi Gras before or are wondering what it means for the city itself, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming event!
Incorporating the Chinese New Year Parade into Mardi Gras celebrations, Mega Mardi Gras is a “huge” festival that is held in January.
It takes place in Sydney and Chinatown, where you can enjoy live music and performances from local artists or watch some amazing acrobatic acts on stage. You’ll also get to see all sorts of performers dressed up as pandas! The best part? You might even get a chance to meet one of these furry friends!
The festival encourages visitors to take in the parade and the many other activities that have been created specifically to honor Chinese New Year.
The main event of Mega Mardi Gras is the parade, which takes place in January and is held on a Saturday afternoon between 2 PM and 4 PM. The theme for this year’s parade was “Pandas”. It featured floats made up as pandas, dancers dressed as pandas, music from Chinese instruments like drums and gongs, dragons made out of bamboo sticks–you get the picture! There were even panda costumes worn by some of the performers themselves! This celebration of Chinese culture definitely left me feeling like I had been transported back in time…to China perhaps?
The celebrations include a variety of cultural traditions from around China such as lion dancing and traditional music performances.
Lion dancing is a traditional Chinese dance that dates back over 2,000 years. It is performed by trained professionals in lion costumes and accompanied by music, usually drums.
Lion dancers typically represent good fortune and are often seen during Chinese New Year celebrations or other special occasions (such as weddings). They are also used as performers at restaurants or festivals such as the Mardi Gras parade in Sydney.
Lion dancers come from different countries including Malaysia, Singapore and Australia where they perform for tourists who want to experience something unique about China’s culture through its traditions like this one!
The festivities take place at many locations throughout Sydney, including Chinatown in Haymarket and Town Hall Square in Darling Harbour. The parade takes place on January 28th and is the highlight of the festival.
The theme for this year’s parade is “Pandas On Parade: A Journey Through Time”. It will feature over 100 performers dressed as pandas performing traditional Chinese dances, singing songs and playing musical instruments to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Some of the most popular attractions during this time include the dragon boat races, food stalls, and live entertainment.
Some of the most popular attractions during this time include the dragon boat races, food stalls and live entertainment.
The dragon boat races are held at various locations throughout the city, with teams racing to paddle their boats across a small body of water. The boats can be anywhere from 10-30 feet long, depending on how many people are on each team (usually around 20). Teams compete for prizes based on who wins each heat or overall race which takes place over several days.
One thing you’ll notice at any Chinese New Year celebration is all of the colorful decorations hanging from buildings and trees. These art installations are meant to bring good luck into people’s homes while they celebrate this important holiday together!
In addition to celebrating the new year with fireworks, parades, and other events, one of the more unique features of Mega Mardi Gras is its large number of art installations throughout Sydney’s Chinatown area. These installations are often interactive and educational–but they’re also fun!
The first thing you’ll notice when you enter Chinatown is an enormous panda statue made out of bamboo that stands at over 15 feet tall. The panda appears to be holding up a lantern in his right hand while waving hello with his left paw; if you look closely at his face you’ll see he’s smiling! This friendly giant greets visitors as they walk through Sydney’s Chinatown district during this festival time each year–and there are plenty more surprises waiting behind him:
If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate Chinese New Year, then this is the perfect event. It’s full of excitement and there are plenty of activities across Sydney that will keep everyone entertained all day long!