By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: : I read somewhere recently that a Caribana parade will be heading to Hong Kong. How does that work? And are there tickets?

A: Every year the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrates an astrological symbol tied to the Chinese calendar. Since 2004 has been designated the "Year of the Monkey", there will be much fanfare and loads of celebration surrounding this Chinese Zodiac symbol. In Hong Kong, the Lunar New Year festivities will begin on January 22, 2004 with a night parade, the first night parade ever, reports the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Along with the spectacular flotilla of floats where many revellers will be clad in colorful costumes along side magnificent bands, there will be an extra special addition.

A delegation representing Toronto's own Caribana will be participating against the magical backdrop of Victoria Harbor in the largest parade of its kind. "Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world with a rich array of cultural celebrations. We are honored to have the opportunity to showcase one of our signature experiences, Caribana, to Asia's world city," stated Bruce MacMillan, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto. The Hong Kong Tourism Board is offering an online contest, "Hong Kong - Live It, Love it!" where 800 lucky contestants can win a free round-trip to Hong Kong. For contest details, visit


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