Join in Chinese New Year party

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Prepare for the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations to date in Morecambe and Lancaster.

Lebara Mobile presents the Lancaster and Morecambe Chinese New Year Festival 2015, supported by

Lancaster Unlimited and Morecambe Town Team and organised by the Hua Xian Chinese Society.

The streets will be filled with Lion, Dragon and Qilin dancing teams from across Lancashire parading alongside Lancaster’s own Batala Samba drumming group across two major free events and a special Gala Dinner.

Morecambe’s Chinese New Year Funfair takes place on Saturday, February 21, from 11am to 4pm with rides for the whole family from thrillseekers to kids courtesy of Taylor’s Funfair and Pleasureland in the Winter

Gardens carpark.

Street markets will line Victoria Street with a host of food, drink and gifts stalls.

Fun activities include face-painting and arty crafts activities in Arndale Centre too.

There will be entertainment throughout the day, followed by the Dragon parade through town at 2pm starting at

Euston Road.

Lancaster’s Chinese New Year Carnival on Sunday, March 1, from 11am and 4pm will have Lancaster’s city centre brimming with live performances throughout the day with Chinese Festival drumming and Liverpool’s Pagoda Arts Chinese Youth Orchestra, martial arts displays, funfair rides all amongst the Chinese New Year street markets in Market Square and St Nicholas Arcades.

The carnival atmosphere will then be in full swing when the parade kicksoff at 2pm starting at the top of Penny Street featuring the new Lantern Dragon flanked by Lion Dancers and Batala.

Then to finish the festival and to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Hua Xian Chinese Society and the festival, Lancaster Town Hall will be hosting the first ever Sichuan Performing Arts group from China on Saturday, March 14, from 12noon till 3pm.

The variety will showcase Chinese style circus acrobatics, juggling, kung-fu pandas, martial arts and more.

Ticket for the 10th Anniversary Gala are available by contacting 07703 682024.

If you wish to find out more or take part, look out for the festival booklets in outlets across the district or

visit www.lancasterchinesenewyear.org.uk.