Happy New Year! Chinese New Year launched last Tuesday. Here are two FREE events to help you celebrate the Lunar New Year right here in Las Vegas.
My favorite place every February is the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden. The 14,000 square-foot Conservatory mounts five shows a year: one for each season and Chinese New Year. A staff of 120 maintain the Conservatory and build the exhibits. They construct all the animals and structures using real flowers. The place smells great!
Say hello to 2019, the year of the pig.
Eight of the cutest piglets surround their mom and dad. There are also dogs this year, even though 2018 was the year of the dog. Two Chinese fu dogs are there for feng shui protection. (Feng shui is why I fought my HOA board to paint my front door lucky red, but I digress.) There are also Chinese lions who represent strength and stability. A floral zoo!
The architecture is epic too. Check out the grand pavilion of simulated jade and the reverent flower pagoda. Then there are these jade-like coin things two stories high.
I love strolling through the Conservatory. It’s so un-Vegas. The exhibits are clever, authentic and whimsical. I did say the place smells great, right?
The Conservatory visit is FREE. If you didn’t teleport in, you will have to pay for parking. (Don’t get me started!)
Chinese New Year traditionally includes a parade. You missed the FREE parades at the MGM Grand and at Downtown Summerlin. But the Big Daddy of Chinese New Year parades, Chinese New Year in the Desert, is tomorrow morning on Fremont Street downtown.
Guess who is the major sponsor? Our beloved Vegas Golden Knights. Chance and the Drumbots will be in the parade. This is the cheapest way to see them because those hockey tickets are spendy. I did say the parade was FREE, right?
The parade, which starts at 11 am., will snake through downtown Las Vegas from 11th Street to 7th Street. The Lohan School of Shaolin will give the dragon blessing at 11:30. The Golden Knights will host a youth hockey clinic from 11-2 at Downtown Container Park. This is FREE too.
After the parade lots of groups will will perform on the stage at Downtown Container Park until 5 pm. My U-Jam group is participating in “Dance-4-A-Cause” after the parade. Then a party begins. Y’all will have to tell me what a Chinese New Year party is like since I’ve never been!
Happy New Year, Las Vegas!
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