London Mayor to open Chinese New Year festivities

The mayor of London Boris Johnson will open the celebrations for Chinese New Year in London’s West End on January 29th, reports Event Magazine.

The programme of festivities, organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association, will include the New Year’s parade – which travels through Chinatown and into Trafalgar Square for midday.

It also gives event spaces in London the opportunity to deck out their business with Chinese New Year-themed paraphernalia to tie in with the event.

According to, “a specially decorated London Chinatown will host cultural stalls, food and lion dance displays. Shaftesbury Avenue will meanwhile become ‘Hong Kong in London Chinatown’ with a stage featuring performances by local Chinese artists.”

Boris Johnson will speak at the opening ceremony with Lord Mayor of Westminster, councillor Susie Burbridge and Chinese ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming.

Johnson commented on the event: “I am delighted once again to be supporting London’s Chinese New Year celebrations, which bring wonderfully energising colour and noise onto the streets of central London.

“In 2012 the eyes of the world will be on the capital and, with the Year of the Dragon’s themes of passion, ambition and success, I can think of no better way to help kick off a year of amazing highlights,” he added.