IT was a multi-cultural celebration to bring in the Chinese New Year of the snake.
The event at Blackpool’s Hilton Hotel on the Promenade was organised by Blackpool Chinese Community Association, and saw dancers from the Thai, Polish and Indian communities take to the stage to honour the new year and the resort’s varied ethnicity.
The association’s chairman Peter Lui said: “The theme of the event was ethnic minority, and we had everyone dressed up for the beginning.
“We’ve always kept our Chinese New Year celebrations traditional, but this year we wanted to make it even more special with so many different people in our area doing so many different things.
“We thought we would collaborate together to make it an even bigger occasion to celebrate and understand each other and our traditions better.”
Yesterday’s event saw a Thai dance performances by Jirapan Pholhong and Gawide Sriscomrux, members of the Kalasin College of Dramatic Arts, a traditional Chinese dance by the Liverpool Chinese Student and Scholars Association, a Polish folk dance, or Cracovienne, by Blackpool Polish School and Indian dance by Nritya Sangam from Indian and World Dance, Music and Events.
The event was attended by the mayors of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, and the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China Pan Yundong, who was guest of honour.
Mr Lui, who also entertained the 300 guests with a Tango with Pauline Lai, said: “The whole day has been very good. It’s gone well.
“The Sunday school has been putting this event on for more than 15 years.
“The community association got involved when it was formed 10 years ago.”
The event ended with a raffle.