The Year of the Dog serves as a symbol of loyalty, responsibility and honesty in Asian cultures. On Sunday, February 25, residents and visitors will join Mills 50 District for the 7th annual Dragon Parade/Lunar New Year Festival to celebrate the Chinese New Year and all individuals born during the Year of the Dog.
This iconic cultural experience, organized by Asia Trend, REACH (Recognizing Educating Asian Cultural Heritage), YESS (Youth Enrichment & Senior Services) and Mills 50 District, features a lively parade along N Thornton Avenue showcasing traditional dragon dancing and martial arts, followed by a festival complete with authentic Asian cuisine, arts and crafts, lion dancing, taiko drummers and more. The parade begins at 11 am, followed by the festival place at 728 N. Thornton Avenue.
In 2017, the parade and festival attracted more than 8500 attendees. Guests will be further immersed into Orlando’s vibrant Asian culture with the relocation of the event into the heart of Mills 50 District, where the majority of the city’s Asian retail shops, restaurants and markets are located.