Lunar New Year festivities in Chinatown Adelaide

“The Year of the Horse, a new sister city relationship with Qingdao and a smorgasbord of great SA seafood there will be no shortage of things to celebrate at Lunar New Year festivities in Chinatown on Saturday.The festival dubbed Qingdao Mei Mei, meaning Adelaide is Qingdaos Little Sister.
The Chinese citys most famous company, Tsingtao Beer, is providing red lanterns to adorn Gouger St, while sponsors from Eyre Peninsula will ensure the event is a seafood extravaganza complete with tuna filleting demonstrations.
(It) will be a celebration of the long friendship between Adelaide and Qingdao with the best seafood and beer from Port Lincoln and Qingdao, Chinatown Association president Irena Zhang says.
Its bringing people together to understand each others culture.
There will be lion dances, martial arts displays, traditional Chinese music, more than 60 stalls and up to 10 food trucks.
Ms Zhang says the festival would be truly multicultural, even including an area of Moonta St for Latin American music and food.
For the second time, Gouger St will become a huge street restaurant with 80 sold-out tables.
Mounted police will make an appearance on Saturday to help usher in the Year of the Horse, while students from the Adelaide Chinese Dance Academy have already met with miniature pony Princess Lilly in Moonta St in anticipation
People born in the Year of the Horse are said to be clever, kind and energetic.
The City Messenger reported in October that Qingdao was to become Adelaides fifth sister city and its first in 30 years.
Article by Tim Williams
Picture by Keryn Stevens

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