On Sunday night we welcomed the Year of the Horse in true Sydney style.
Our Twilight Parade was one of our best yet. More than 130,000 people filled George Street too see 3,000 performers, community groups and artists show off their talents.
Over the past 18 years, Sydney's Chinese New Year Festival has grown from a small community festival in Chinatown to the biggest celebration of the Lunar New Year outside mainland China.
The number of people who attended the Twilight Parade last night confirms that this is one of Sydney's favourite events. It is also a major tourism boost for our city, bringing visitors who make the most of the New Year celebrations and Sydney in summer.
From the giant smoke-breathing Trojan horse and fireworks to colourful and talented performers from Beijing, Hunan and Shaanxi in China and across Sydney's Chinese communities there was something for everyone.
Sydney's Chinese New Year Festival is a celebration of our city's diversity. Traditionally, it's a time to reflect on the year that's been but it's also a great opportunity to forge closer ties between our many diverse communities through food, music, culture and art.
Thanks to all the performers, volunteers and staff who put in a huge amount of work to make the night a success.