Las Vegas' Gold Coast Launches Chinese New Year with Dragon Dance Parade Today
The Gold Coast Hotel and Casino will celebrate Chinese New Year with a flourish today, February 5, hosting the annual Dragon Dance celebration at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on the casino floor.
Guests of all ages are invited to welcome the Year of the Horse by experiencing this authentic cultural celebration, performed by the Lohan School of Shaolin.
"The Dragon Dance parade is a culturally rich presentation, one that's memorable and exciting for guests young and old," said Kerrie Burke, Vice President and General Manager of the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino.
The Dragon Dance parade will include several dragons, a percussion procession and characters that will make several stops throughout the parade to pull ceremonial lettuce from the ceiling and toss the leaves to spectators. Being hit by a piece of lettuce during a Dragon Dance parade is considered particularly lucky. In accordance with Chinese traditions, there will be tangerine trees lining the table games pit, candy hanging from trees throughout the casino and banners displaying the Year of the Horse. Gold Coast kicks off the Chinese New Year beginning January 31, when the property will be decorated in traditional Chinese-themed favors including the tangerine trees.
The celebration continues into the weekend for guests 21 years of age and older, as the Lucky Money Hot Seat promotion runs from February 7-9, 24 hours a day. This hot seat-style drawing allows over 88 winners per day to select a traditional red envelope containing anything from $25-$1000 approximately every fifteen minutes. $8,800 will be given away each day.
Guests can further their Chinese New Year experience with authentic Chinese cuisine at Ping Pang Pong and the Noodle Exchange. Voted the "Best Asian Restaurant in Las Vegas," six times by readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Ping Pang Pong offers a wide variety of authentic traditional Chinese dishes, while the quick and convenient Noodle Exchange will offer its house specialty, mini hot pots.
The Gold Coast Hotel and Casino has presented the Dragon Dance for Chinese New Year for more than ten years. For more information on the Chinese New Year celebration, please visit www.goldcoastcasino.com.