In 2013, over 5,000 attendees came to the parade to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. According to the planning committee, last year’s event brought out even more spectators.
The former parade route was less than half a mile long, along Hillcrest St., parallel to Colonial Dr. [Gmap]
Moving to the Fashion Square Mall provides the Dragon Parade with a longer route and more space to set up and less costs associated to closing streets.
This is the second parade that has moved to the Fashion Square Mall. The Christmas Parade moved out of Downtown Orlando to the Mall last year and officially became the Fashion Square Christmas Parade.
This year the Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival will take place on Sunday, February 22. The Chinese Lunar New Year is February 19. It is the Year of the Sheep (or Goat, or Ram, depending on whom you ask).