Chinese New Year – Thousands Line the Streets

Thousands of people watched colourful Chinese drummers and dancers parading through Eastbourne, followed by professional troupes of massive dragons and lions from Brighton, Chatham and London.

The vibrant Chinese New Year Parade included local dragon dancers from Willingdon Community School,  Bourne School, St Catherine’s College, Bede’s School, Cherry Dance, Weird Feet, Peacehaven Martial Arts, the Police Cadets, the Sea Cadets, All Souls Cubs, Eastbourne Mencap and Defiant Sports.

Led by the Mayor of Eastbourne, Gill Mattock, and the MP, Stephen Lloyd with representatives of the Chinese Association of Eastbourne and the Chamber of Commerce, this cross cultural community event drew thousands of people to watch along the route from The Beacon to the Pier and on to Leaf Hall in Seaside.

The Queen’s Representative, the Lord Lieutenant of Sussex, Peter Field joined Councillor Lu Haitian from the Chinese Embassy at the Chinese Extravaganza at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre after the Parade.

Organisers at the Chinese Association and Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce were thrilled with the size of the turnout.  Councillor Stephen Holt said “We were delighted to bring the parade into the Devonshire West area.  It is rare to see such a large town event coming up Seaside Road but residents and shop keepers were pleased to be included in this inaugural Chinese New Year parade.”

Kevin Tsang, the Chairman of the Eastbourne Chinese Association arranged a spectacular line up of talent at the Hippodrome including professional dancers and musicians from Goldsmiths College in London.  Mr Tsang said “This was the largest Chinese New Year Celebration south of London so it was important to secure the best performers for such a high profile event. As a local community association, we aim to enrich the culture and diversity for our local people and in the meantime help to build friendships between people of these two great countries”

Christina Ewbank CEO of the Chamber of Commerce reported “Some town centre traders have reported excellent sales to the visitors who attended the parade and the feedback from the crowds along the route has been very positive. A huge thank you to Eastbourne Borough Council and Devonshire West Big Local for their support. We just need to raise money to make sure it comes back next year!”

If anyone would like to sponsor the event in 2020, please contact the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce now on 01323 641144 or email

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Chinese New Year