Great start to Year of Snake in Cairns
THE local Chinese community has named the recent New Year festivities among the best in recent memory, capped by a sold-out dinner and awards night at the weekend.
Nathan Lee Long said the Cairns and District Chinese Associationwas already looking ahead to the Year of the Horse celebrations in 2014, hoping to build on the rejuvenated program that helped see in the Year of the Snake over the past fortnight.
Mr Lee Long said returning the Chinese New Year street festival to its home on Grafton St was special for Chinese families with ties to Cairns.
"It meant we were celebrating Chinese New Year in the same area that people's ancestors were celebrating some 100 years ago," he said.
A gala dinner on Saturday recognised young leaders of the Chinese community by handing out awards for excellence in performance over the past year.
Kenn Sha was awarded the Daryl Hayward Memorial Shield for lion dancing. Hayley Appleby won the Teresa Wah Day Memorial Shield for most outstanding Mo Li Hua dancer.
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Top talent: Hayley Appleby was named most outstanding Mo Li Hua dancer. Picture: TOM LEE