Giant snake welcomes the Chinese new year
CHINESE new year celebrations took place in parts of Derbyshire at the weekend.
A parade took place through Long Eaton town centre on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the year of the snake.
Pupils from Friesland School in Sandiacre made a giant green snake and were joined by young children as they danced their way through shoppers.
As the procession was taking place, lantern-making workshops were being held at Erewash Museum, in High Street, Ilkeston, ahead of a lantern parade through the town.
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Around 200 people watched the parade from the museum to the Market Place. It was followed by dragon and snake dancing, accompanied by live Chinese music.
Celebrations will take place in Derby tomorrow.
The Mayor of Derby, Councillor Lisa Higginbottom, will be among the guests at a party held by the Derbyshire Chinese Welfare Association in Abbey Street.