Dragon magic

MORE than 50,000 people celebrated the Chinese New Year at Hurstville Council’s street festival on Saturday.Forest Road, Hurstville, was brimming with festive revellers keen to herald in the Year of the Dragon, despite the often dreary weather.

There were traditional foods, crafts, activities and live entertainment by a host of talented group and solo performers, including Lucy Dancing School, CASS Ballet and a set by the Australian Yau Kung Mun Dragon and Lion Dancing Group.

Nicky Sciacca, from the St George and Sutherland Community College, said there had been a great atmosphere.

“It was just massive and really packed,” said Miss Sciacca, who was working at a stall for the organisation.

“It was raining but it didn’t seem to bother anyone. There were so many kids around and everyone loved the singers, dancing and dragons running through the street.”

Hurstville mayor Steve McMahon said the day had been an outstanding success, with people of all ages and cultures coming together for the occasion.

“Chinese New Year is a time of coming together and celebrating the great cultural diversity present in Hurstville,” Cr McMahon said.

“So whether you’re of Chinese heritage or not, young or old, this festival has something for everyone.”

Rui Tang of Allawah was the lucky festival patron who scored the grand prize of a trip to Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou.

The Year of the Dragon officially kicked off yesterday.

Hurstville Council’s Chinese New Year celebrations will run until Sunday, February 26.