On Saturday 25th January 2020 (11.30am until 2pm) Macclesfield will be once again celebrating its silk heritage links with China, and the start of the Year of the Rat with a free Chinese New Year celebration event.
The concept was initially suggested a few years ago by the So Cheshire team, and subsequently organised by Macclesfield Town Council in 2019.
This year’s event will debut ‘Ruby the Rat’ alongside the return of ‘Silky the Pig’ from last year.
There will be photo opportunities with the dragon plus a chance to taste authentic Chinese food and see locally-made shadow puppets as well as enjoying some Chinese craft activities, calligraphy, tea tasting, music and more.
Tytherington School’s Mandarin Choir will be kick-starting the celebrations with a performance in Market Place at 11.30am.
Then the Chinese dragon, followed by Ruby the Rat (created by Macclesfield Community Artspace), along with Silky the Pig will depart Market Place and parade to the United Reformed Church at Park Green.
Helena Gowler, community engagement officer at Macclesfield Town Council commented: “When we first held the event to celebrate the Year of the Pig in 2019, we were overwhelmed with just how many people came out to celebrate.
“We are delighted to present this event again to celebrate the Year of the Rat.”