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DRAGON PARADE LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL 2015

SPECIAL EDITION

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February 22, 2015 (Sunday) 11am – 5pm

(11am Parade begins at Orlando Fashion Square Parking lot and ends at main entrance)

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On behalf of the Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival Committee, we would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for your participation in and support of the 4th Annual Dragon Parade Lunar New Festival. This year, we broke our record participation rate with over 8,000 people celebrating with us! We were also honored by the participation of numerous elected officials who welcomed the Year of the Sheep! City Of Orlando Mayor - Buddy Dyer City of Orlando Commissioner - Patty Sheehan Orange County Commissioner - Ted Edwards Orlando Police Chief - John Mina Orange County Clerk of Courts - Tiffany Moore Russell Orange County Property Appraiser - Rick Singh Orange County Tax Collector - Scott Randolph Director General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami - Philip Wang Special Assistant to Mayor Teresa Jacobs - Roberto Carlos Acevedo The presence of our local government officials served to demonstrate that the Asian American community is important to the socioeconomic framework of Central Florida and that they are a valuable part of this constituency. We would love to share with you some of the local media news coverage which showcased this historical event and the richness of the Asian American cultures within our community. Please visit Central Florida Dragon Parade Media (http://www.centralfloridadragonparade.org/media.html) for a complete list of media reports. We also edited a 10-minute recap (http://www.centralfloridadragonparade.org/) of our 48 parade units which brought the audience much joy and laughter. Through the collaborative efforts of our sponsors, vendors, parade participants, performers and volunteers, we were able to demonstrate the theme of this year’s event: “Unity and Harmony, Celebration of Diversity.” We look forward to future events and welcome your continued support. Sincerely, Agnes Chau, Joanne Grant, Pauline Ho, C.K. Lau, Shally Wong Dragon Parade Committee 2015

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Dreams will come true if you believe - make a plan and take action

ď Ž By Shally Wong

I admit that the Central Florida Dragon Parade and Lunar New Year Festival is the biggest thing I have ever done so far in my life. This crazy idea came into life four years ago when the Executive Director of Mills 50 Joanne Grant reached out to me through Ricky Ly for ways to promote the Mills 50 District to the local Asian businesses, restaurants, and markets. Photos by: Carla Chu, John Chung, Andrea Eliscu, Marty Fries, Matthew Garcia, Melody Joe, Brandon Ly, Jane Moody, Kikuko Moribe, Izumi Sakurada, Henry Ton, Orlando Fashion Square, and C.K. Lau

Growing up in Hong Kong, the Lunar New Year Parade was the biggest celebration for all of the community, and so I told her organizing a big scale parade is the best method without a doubt. Under the leadership of Joanne Grant, Agnes Chau from YESS, Pauline Ho from REACH, and CK Lau from Asia Trend, this dream for a parade celebrating and uniting the community came true four years ago. I would not dare to dream that this little dream could go so far today, four years later. Believe it or not, I would always say that this is the last year we’re doing this parade, every year. We were all so very exhausted with such limited resources and support. Asia Trend Magazine

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meet the Dragons

even received some negative feedback about being away from the downtown Mills neighborhood. Fortunately, we were not discouraged and once again achieved our goal this year by making a plan and taking an action to bring together the community. I conceived the festival’s theme – “Unity and Harmony, A Celebration of Diversity” from day one for this festival and finally, I believe this theme was achieved this year.

Orlando Chinese Professionals Association

C.H.A.R.G.E. of CAACF

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I lost count of how many attendees were in the audience this past Sunday at the festival. The number of people for me is not important. The thing that moved me the most is to see how engaged the younger generation was this year as this festival is for them. Tears came down my eyes when I looked up to see the audience, packing the entire second floor all around the stage area. Thank you for all your support and kind words. After all of this though, I still wonder why no

TV stations bothered to show up to the festival even though we emailed them a month ago, called each of them two weeks ago, and called one day prior. Why don’t the local TV stations care about the festival? Well, who cares about them now. I will let them figure out if they want to show up next year or not. I feel so sorry for those people reply on them to get the latest news. Thank you, Orlando Sentinel for being the only mainstream media out there at the festival and covering it for the community. Dreams will come true if you believe.

Orlando City Soccer

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Walgreens

OUC

Florida Hospital

Bright House Networks

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City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, City of Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan and When You Wish Upon A Party w/Character

Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Miami Director General Phillip Wang and TCCGO

Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Orlando Police Department Chief John Mina and Dueling Dragons (cops and teen) paddlers

1st Oriental Supermarket

1st Spring Supermarket

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Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort

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Orange County Clerk of Courts Tiffany Moore Russell

Orange County Sheriff Office w/Motorcycle Fleet and Honor Guard

Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh

Orlando Fire Department

Orange County Asian Committee and Orange County Sheriff Office w/Motorcycle Fleet and Honor Guard

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We would like to thank the following Parade Organizations for their support. • 1st Oriental Supermarket • 1st Spring Supermarket • A Gift for Music • A Magi Belly Dance • Asia Trend Inc. • Asian American Chamber of Commerce • Asian Student Association of UCF • Brighthouse • Charge of CAACF • Chinese American Association of Central Florida • Chinese Business Association • Chinese School of CAACF • City of Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan • City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer • Dueling Dragons of Orlando Dragon Boat Team • Florida Hospital • Florida Tribal Dance • Hon Viet Dance Troupe • International Leadership Foundation • J-Club • Miss Fl HS, JH & Collegiate America Queens • Miss Vietnam Florida • Orange County Asian Committee • Orange County Clerk of Courts Tiffany Moore Russell • Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh • Orange County Sheriff Office w/Motorcycle Fleet and Honor Guard • Orlando Chinese Professionals Association • Orlando City Soccer • Orlando Fire Department • Orlando Police Department Chief John Mina • OUC • Payas, Payas, Payas • Pete Karate • Pi Delta Psi Fraternity of UCF • REACH (Recognizing, Experiencing Asian Cultural Heritage) • Russian Ballet of Orladno • Suncoast Association of Chinese Americans • Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Miami Director General Philip Wong • Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce • Universal Orlando Resort • Voice of Indonesians in Florida • Vovinam Martial Arts • Wah Lum Temple • Walgreens • WAT Florida Dhammaram • When You Wish Upon A Party w/Character • Youth Enrichment and Senior Services

Chinese School of CAACF

Chinese American Association of Central Florida

Florida Chinese Business Association

CAACF Dance Troupe

Wah Lum Kung Fu

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City of Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan

Hon Viet Dance Troupe

Vovinam Martial Arts

Vietnamese Community of Central Florida

WAT Florida Dhammaram

Voice of Indonesians in Florida

Voice of Indonesians in Florida

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Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Miami Director General Phillip Wang and Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce

Orlando Chinese Professionals Association

International Leadership Foundation

Chinese School of Tomorrow

Florida Tribal Dance

Orlando J-Club

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Pete Karate

A Gift for Music

Russian Ballet of Orladno

Pi Delta Psi Fraternity of UCF

Suncoast Association of Chinese Americans

CAACF Dance Troupe

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Thank You the Volunteers from

Lake Howell High School Asian Club Valencia’s Intercultural Student Association (VISA) Mills 50, REACH and YESS

REACH of Central Florida

REACH of Central Florida

REACH of Central Florida

YESS Orlando Young Lions YESS Orlando Young Lions

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Orange County Commissioner Ted Edwards

Mayor Buddy Dyer hosts the Eye Dotting Ceremony

Central Florida Dragon Parade

welcomes the year of goat ď Ž By Bryan Truong

Junior at Winter Park High School Historian of REACH of Central Florida

On February 22, 2015, Orlando’s Fashion Square Mall hosted the 4th-Annual Central Florida Dragon Parade and Lunar New Year Festival, welcoming in the year of the goat. The festivities started off outside, with the Dragon parade followed by 5 hours of festivities and entertainment inside. The turnout was phenomenal, and a great time was had by all.

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Wah Lum Kung Fu

City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

Although this is the fourth consecutive year Orlando has celebrated the Lunar New Year Festival, this is the first time the festival has been hosted at the Orlando Fashion Square Mall. The Dragon parade wound through the mall parking lot and neighboring streets, and its participants included city officials, Asian organizations, several dance troupes, martial arts schools, youth groups, beauty queens and much more. REACH of Central Florida (www.reachocf.org) , one of the organizations of this event and is the high-school youth group that I am in, paraded with flags and

Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Miami Director General Phillip Wang

many REACH members wowed guests by participating in the Orlando Young Lions’ action packed lion dances. The parade culminated just outside the main entrance between Macy’s and Dillards, where several food trucks and food vendors were stationed, providing a tasty ethnic cuisines. Following the parade, the festivities continued inside the lobby and stage of the mall. Guests were welcomed by Orlando’s mayor, Buddy Dyer, and were subsequently treated to dazzling on-stage performances - ethnic fashion shows, musical and dance performances, and arts and

Wah Lum Kung Fu

crafts. The Lunar New Year Festival’s admission was free for the thousands of patrons and was made possible by numerous sponsors: Orlando Fashion Square Mall, Florida Hospital, Orlando City Soccer, 1st Oriental Supermarket, 1st Spring Supermarket, OUC, Payas Payas Payas, Walgreens, Bright House Networks, and Asian American Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to everyone who came out, and happy Lunar New Year! We hope to see you again next year in the year of the Monkey!

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We would like to thank the following Vendors for their support. • Asian American Chamber of Commerce • A Gift for Music • Amitabha Buddhist Society • Asia Trend Inc. • Au Naturel Juice/Smoothie • Bem Bom • Bom Grill • Bright House Networks • Chinese American Association of Central Florida • Caina Tea • Central Florida Coffee • Chewy Boba • Cindy's Floral • Costco Wholesale • Dueling Dragons boat • Elemental Nursery • First Oriental Supermarket • First Spring Supermarket • Florida Chinese Business Association • Florida College of Integrative Medicine • Florida Council on Gambling • Florida Hospital • Foundation for Wellness Professionals • Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association • Green Hill Church • Humana Marketpoint • King Law Center • Kona Dog • Korean BBQ Taco Box • Lily's Bridal • Mills 50 • Orange County Fire Rescue • Orange County Tax Collector • Orlando Acupuncture • Orlando Chinese Evangelical Church • Orlando City Soccer • Panda Express • Payas Payas Payas • Pearl White Events • Shen Yun Peforming Arts • Shin Jung Korean Resaurant • Sun Coast Association of Chinese Americans • Taipei Economic and Cultural Office • Tampa Lowry Park Zoo • Tzu Chi Foundation • UROLL Sushi • VIDA Florida • Vonage • Voodoo Kitchen Truck • Walgreens • Wat Florida Dhammaram • Youth Enrichment and Senior Services • YMCA

Walgreens

Bright House Networks

Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Orlando City Soccer

Tampa Lowry Park Zoo

Shin Jung Korean Resaurant

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{Chinese American Association of Central Florida}

Chinese American Association of Central Florida

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Chinese School of CAACF

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Emcee: Annie Manatad

Emcee: Justin Chu

Costco Wholesale

Panda Express

UROLL Sushi

King Law Center

Emcee: Yuni Sakurada

Tzu Chi Foundation

Chewy Boba

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{Music}

A Gift for Music

(Erhu and Saxophone) by CK Tang and CK Lau

Pi Pa Solo by Amy Shi

Orlando Acupuncture

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Orlando Japanese Baptist Church

Orlando Chinese Evangelical Christian Church

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A Gift for Music

Orange County Tax Collector

Florida College of Integrative Medicine

Pearl White Events

WAT Florida Dhammaram

Orange County Fire Rescue

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{Miss Vietnam Florida Pageant}

{Russian Ballet of Orlando}

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Orlando Dragon Boat Club

CHARGE Dragon Boat

Kimono try out by Yayoi Kimono & Accessories

SACA Golden Dragon

Snap! Studio Both

YMCA

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{Chinese School of CAACF Special Presentation}

Bom Grill

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Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association

Vonage

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{Martial Arts}

Vovinam Vietnamese Martial Arts

Tai Chi Chuan by Sifu Sam Winters

Zumba/Kickboxing by YMCA

Central Florida Coffee

Shen Yun Peforming Arts

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{Dance}

Florida Tribal Dance

Hon Viet Dance Troupe Melamie LaJoie

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{Dance}

Jaipong Dance - West Java of Indonesia by VIDA - Voice of Indonesians

Tor Tor Dance by VIDA - Voice of Indonesians

Thai Dance by Wat Florida Dhammaram Blooming Flower Season Dance by Orlando Chinese Evangelical Christian Church

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Acrobatic Performance by Dragon Legend

Monica Joelle Ortiz - Miss Teen Orlando

Pi Delta Psi Fraternity Inc

Filipino Student Association Dance Troupe at UCF

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{Asia Trend / YESS Center}

{REACH of Central Florida}

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Gail Rayos, Becky Malicsi and Brian Small

Sung Chiu and Dr Puxiao Cen, MD, FACC

Ricky Ly, Krystle Nguyen and Volunteers

Green Hill Church

Lake Howell High School Asian Club Volunteers

Elemental Nursery

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Asia Trend

Foundation for Wellness Professionals

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{YESS Orlando Young Lion}

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Thank You contact us at www.centralfloridadragonparade.org DragonParadeCFL@gmail.com • (407) 205-2808

See You in 2016 - the year of the Monkey Organized by

www.AsiaTrend.org

Mills50.org

www.REACHocf.org

www.YESSfl.org

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