Central Florida’s Dragon Parade 2023 Brings Joy to Community

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Dragon Parade 2023
Photos by J Willie David, III / FloridaNationalNews.com

It was like yesterday when we hosted the first Dragon Parade Lunar New Year 12 years ago at the Hillcrest Ave. Not sure how many people remember this? And not sure how many people we touched or inspired along the journey. One thing for sure is that it is worth the effort. For those who have not attended this before, I hope that you may consider to join us next year make it your first time! Unity and Harmony – Celebration of Diversity (We are proud to come up this slogan 12 years ago)

A large crowd gathered in and around Mills 50 district on Sunday, February 5 for the 11th Annual Central Florida’s Dragon Parade Lunar New Year.  Lunar New Year is the most celebrated holiday in East Asia. Many Asian organizations in America hold large celebrations and parades to share its spring festivity. ​ The Central Florida Dragon Parade organized by Asia Trend, Mills 50 (an Orlando Main Street District), R.E.A.C.H. (Recognizing, Experiencing Asian Cultural Heritage) and Y.E.S.S. (Youth Enrichment and Senior Services), featured colorful dragon dances and lion dances accompanied by the thumping beat of drums. Dragon Parade with local elected officials, such as City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, US Congressman Maxwell Frost, City Of Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan, City of Orlando Commissioner Robert Stuart, Florida State Representative Anna Eskamani, Office of State Attorney Monique Worrell, and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami Director General Chou.

Thank you the event sponsors:

Dragon Parade Lunar New Year’s Title Sponsor: ADP; Dragon Sponsors: Commissioner Patty Sheehan; Gold sponsors: District 3 Commissioner: Robert F. Stuart, Maaswinkel Law P.A., Dim Dim Sum, Overseas Community Affairs Council, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Miami, TCCGO 大奧蘭多臺灣商會, Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, Universal Orlando Resort, and Payas, Payas & Payas Attorneys At Law. 2023 Dragon

Parade participants:

ADP, Wah Lum Kung Fu Temple, City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, US Congressman Maxwell Frost, City Of Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan, City of Orlando Commissioner Robert Stuart, Florida State Representative Anna Eskamani, Office of State Attorney Monique Worrell, Asia Trend, Inc., Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami, Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of Greater Orlando, Orlando Police Department Chief Eric Smith, Orlando Police Department, Orlando Fire Chief Charlie Salazar, Orange County Sheriff John Mina, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Honor Guard, Dueling Dragons of Orlando, Orlando Taiko Dojo, Maaswinkel Law, Truist, Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Universal Orlando, Payas, Payas & Payas, OUC, Jyanguru Dojo, Youth Enrichment Senior Services (YESS), Spiral Circle, Dim Dim Sum, Meng’s Kitchen, Chuan Lu Garden, REACH of Central Florida, Chinese American Association of Central Florida, CHARGE Dragon Boat of CAACF, The Chinese School of CAACF, Lake Highland Prep School, Orange County Asian Committee, Orange County Fire Rescue Department, FushionFest, Miss Vietnam Florida, Vovinam Vietnamese Martial Arts, Orlando Hanqing Tai Chi Culture & Arts Center, The Greater Orlando Chinese Professionals Association, Wasabi Anime, Orlando Hanfu Group, Orlando Fire Department.

More info about the Central Florida Dragon Parade Lunar New Year at http://CentralFloridaDragonParade.org

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