Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Chinese New Year Dragon Parade.

Orlando will celebrate the Year of the Dog on February 25, 2018. The 2018 Dragon Parade is a celebration of Unity, Harmony and Diversity. It starts at the corner of North Thornton Ave and Oregon Street and will end at North Thornton Avenue and Colonial Drive. The Year of the Dog marks the 7th annual Central Florida Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival held in Orlando, Florida. This event has received overwhelming response from local and distant communities alike.

I love getting to the parade start early to sketch the parade before it gets started. Dragon handlers practice bringing the dragon to life, and once the parade starts, the dragons weave and slither side to side. Everyone wears bright vibrant colored clothing. As the parade marched off, I was still struggling to get down all the colors on the sketch.

The parade will be followed by five hours of the Lunar New Year Festival that will take place at 728 North Thornton Ave., Orlando, FL 32803. The Lunar New Year Festival will feature Asian entertainment including Dragon dancing, Lion Dancing, cultural dances, martial arts, taiko drummers, arts and crafts and Asian food. In 2017, over 8,500 patrons attended the event.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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