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Chengdu Emerges on The Global Stage at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


NEW YORK, NY, Nov.24, 2016: The classic all-American themed floats at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade got spiced up this year as ‘China's Chengdu - Home of the Giant Panda’ sailed through the 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade representing the culture and natural landscapes of the 3,000 year old city of Chengdu, China. This famous historical and cultural city is located in southwest China and is the capital of Sichuan Province.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade consisted of 30 floats parading in the heart of New York City. It was watched by more than 3.5 million people on the street of Manhattan and more than 50 million people nationwide watch LIVE streaming or LIVE Broadcast of the event at their homes.

Chengdu Officials and Chinese ambassador Zhang, Qiyue attended the Chinese traditional opening ceremony before the official kick-off of the parade
The delegation from Chengdu, China and Peter Zhang, President of Sino-American Friendship Association

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This year's float traveled along New York’s renowned Central Park west and 6th Avenue adorned with bursts of red and gold colors - complete with replicas of panda bears and China's UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Mount Qingcheng, and the world famous Great Wall of China. The float synthesized Chinese culture with Chengdu's natural sites and landmarks.

Chinese and American dance performers teamed up to give an unforgettable panda-inspired dance routine that fused modern dance with traditional Chinese elements

Zhang, Qiyue, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in New York said, “we are delighted to celebrate Thanksgiving and invite U.S. citizens to visit Chengdu to experience its rich culture, history, and the hospitality of our people” .“ It’s a thrill to see everyone perform in the holiday spirit and share the culture, history, and inspiring natural landscapes of Chengdu.” said Duo Yang Na Mu, Commissioner of the Chengdu Tourism Administration.

CBS broadcasted live for the 2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade
NBC broadcasted live for the performance at the end of the parade

The blending of Chinese culture with American tradition highlighted America's multi-cultural heritage promotes a greater sense of understanding between the United States and China. “The fusion of Chinese and American dance performers brings attention to the growing level of cultural exchange and friendship between our nations,” said Li Li, Executive Vice President of the Sino-American Friendship Association.