Lunar New Year Parade Seeks Jugglers Feb 17
Posted February 5, 2013
A few years ago, I juggled for a few months with the Carmine Street Jugglers. While my schedule changed, and I had to move on, I haven't forgotten how cool the group was. I'm currently looking for volunteers for the Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown. Below is the e-mail I'm sending out to various people and groups. It would be great to get a few jugglers who can march and juggle simultaneously in this year's parade. If you know anyone who would be interested, please have them contact me at this address.
On behalf of The Better Chinatown Society, I'd like to reach out an invitation to my fantastically creative and talented friends here in NYC to participate in this year's Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown. The Lunar New Year Parade features local and international groups, traditional Chinese performances, such as the ever popular lions and dragons, a variety of music, dance, and marchers of all ages.
Though the parade has always been open to groups of many kinds, in recent years there has been a movement to really highlight creative diversity within parade participants. Having groups such as Bolivian dancers, Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas, and independent artist performers marching alongside traditional Chinese groups has given the parade and festival a new vitality and boost in popularity. This year is already going to be the biggest and most spectacular yet and we would love it if you could be a part of it with us.
There is a wide variety of possibilities open for participation. For those who would like to be a part of the celebration but not in the parade itself, there are many positions available such as parade marshaling, on-site coordinating, and the many behind-the-scenes positions needed to be filled to ensure a wonderful time for all. For those who would like to be in the parade, the sky is the limit as to how you can participate. You can march as a single performer, bring a group, or join in with one of the many groups already in the parade. There is a need for those who would like to do costume performance or puppeteering, musicians who would like to play in a band, or those who would simply like to march along.
It's important to note that if you have a creative sensibility that you are bringing to the parade, you do not necessarily have to align yourself to the style or motif of the Chinese New Year. It would of course be great if you could, but by simply participating as your own entity you are already showing your support—and doing so as a creative individual!
Feel free to utilize the parade as a promotional platform for yourself or your group. There will be an estimated 300,000–400,000 parade watchers as well as local and international media present. It's a great way to generate some buzz about your creative enterprise.
If you are interested, please respond at your earliest convenience. Be sure to let me know what your preferences are for participation. I'll be in touch soon with more details and then we can work out how best to accommodate your support.
Gong Xi Fat Choy!
Sunday, February 17, 2013
The parade is a day event, starting at 1pm.
Starts in Little Italy, weaves through the streets of Chinatown, and ends in the late afternoon near Sarah Roosevelt Park.
New York, NY
New Talent Volunteer Coordinator
The Better Chinatown Society
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