In pictures: Hundreds turn out for Chinese New Year Parade

In pictures: Hundreds turn out for Chinese New Year Parade

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Philip Dewey

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In pictures: Hundreds turn out for Chinese New Year Parade

A lion and dragon danced through the town centre on Saturday as celebrations for the Chinese New Year got into full swing.

Hundreds of people including the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Colin Rayner, and Maidenhead MP Theresa May turned up to see the annual parade in its eighth year to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Snake.

Chairman of the Chinese and Oriental Community Association in Maidenhead, Anita Li, said: "It was absolutely fantastic and lots of people have told me they thought it was an extremely successful event."

The festivities began at 11am with lantern making and calligraphy demonstrations in the Nicholsons Centre.

At 1pm, the lion and dragon dance was performed by the World Eagle Claw Kung Fu School, which led the parade from the Boy and the Boat statue down the High Street and back.

The day ended with a party and refreshments at St Mary's Church Hall for the Chinese community of Maidenhead.

Anita added: "Every year more and more people turn up to see the parade because their friends have told them about it and now they'll go and their friends.

"The Year of the Snake is about prosperity and good luck. We have certainly had that today."

Scroll through a gallery of photos from the celebrations above.

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