LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JANUARY 29, 2017) (REUTERS) – Thousands of people turned out in London’s Trafalgar Square despite the rain to take part take in festivities celebrating the Lunar New Year on Sunday (January 29).
Under the theme ‘China: Today & Yesterday’, this year’s event went saw dancers dressed as lions, acrobats and floats then parade from Shaftesbury Avenue to Trafalgar Square and a speech by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
“[I]t is a Chinese thing, but now it has definitely become a festival of all the people around the world,” she said.
Traditional Chinese hand-crafted floats drifted through the streets along with a menagerie of costumes: dancing dragons, lions and a giant rooster, followed by London’s iconic red buses in a convergence of eastern and western culture.
The thanksgiving ceremony in Trafalgar Square was followed by the Lions’ Eye-Dotting, the Flying Lion Dance and Khan’s speech, in which he talked about immigration and thanked the members of Chinese community for their contribution to the city of London.