China Syndrome?

Feb 12, 2002 8:17 AM

Las Vegas casinos will help celebrate Chinese New Year’s with a variety of parades, promotions and other festivities.

A Chinese New Year celebration at New York-New York complete with a Dragon parade, dancers, music and drinks will take place Friday from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino. This elaborate Chinese New Year parade promises to be a colorful celebration beginning on the Brooklyn Bridge and dazzling its way through the casino.

The parade will include the Lion and Dragon dances. The Lion Dance is performed to chase away the evil spirits by the lion who is fearless and the king of the jungle. The Dragon dance brings happiness, health and good luck for the rest of the year.

Palace Station Hotel & Casino celebrates the year 4700, the Year of the Horse, on Tuesday. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. with a lion dance from the north entrance (Sahara Ave.) that continues to Pit 8, the Asian games pit. The lions will be operated by students of the Lohan School of Shaolin. The lion will include plenty of red, which represents good luck.

Between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., a free concert inside Laugh Trax continues the celebration. Six dancers from the Shirley Chen studio will perform traditional Chinese folk dances that represent the Tang and Qing dynasties, another called the Banquet Dance and an Ami dance. The Ami is an aboriginal tribe in Taiwan. In addition, two traditional children’s dances will be performed. The entertainers from the Shirley Chen Dancers and the Lohan School of Shaolin are Las Vegans.