Monday, January 26, 2009

Bringing in the Ox

This Sunday, February 1st is the Chinese New Year Parade to bring in the Year of the Ox, and of course the Carnival Band will be performing in fine form. True to tradition, the band will be attired as, you guessed it, oxen. So don your favorite shag jacket and horns and come join in the bovine buffoonery! The parade will start near the gates on Taylor Street and E. Pender at noon, and wind its way through Chinatown. And as if the Carnival Band wasn't enough, we're teaming up with our other favorite community street band, the Too Big To Care Marching Band, to make one huge mass of brass and drum magic! Dragon, unicorn and lion dance teams, loads of community organizations and cultural groups, and rogue firecrackers complete one of Vancouver's largest and most colourful parades of the year.

Then don't miss us in the Second Annual Downtown Eastside Poverty Olympics the following Sunday, February 8th. The torch procession starts at 380 East Hastings at 12:30, followed by the opening ceremony and games at the Japanese Language School, 487 Alexander St, from 1-3pm. It's a great tongue-in-cheek approach to raising awareness about the true costs of the Olympics and the other social priorities which could be addressed with a fraction of the budget.

Into the semi-distant future, we'll be playing all weekend long on February 20-22 for Winterruption on Granville Island. We're leading parades all three days, starting at 6pm on Friday night, and 11:30 am on Saturday and Sunday. Friday night is a special torch-lit water celebration and procession. Come join in the family friendly fun, and welcome back the spring!

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