NEW YORK, Nov. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The classic all-American themed floats at the Macy's Thanksgiving parade got spiced up this year as 'China's Chengdu - Home of the Giant Panda,' presented by Chengdu, China and The Sino-American Friendship Association, (SAFA), sailed through the 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, representing the culture and natural landscapes of the 3,000 year old city.
"We are delighted to celebrate Thanksgiving and invite Americans to visit Chengdu, experience its rich culture, and the hospitality of our people," said Duo Yang Na Mu, Commissioner of Chengdu Tourism Administration. "I am thrilled to see everyone perform in the holiday spirit and share the history and inspiring natural landscapes of Chengdu."
"The fusion of Chinese and American dance performers brings attention to the growing level of cultural exchange and friendship between our nations," said Li Li, Executive Vice President of the Sino-American Friendship Association.
Chengdu as a famous historical and cultural city is located in southwestern China and is the capital of Sichuan province. The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade consisted of almost 30 floats cruising throughout the heart of New York City. The floats were viewed by over 3 million visitors and 50 million television viewers across the country.
This year's float traveled along New York's renowned Central Park and 6th Avenue adorned with bursts of red and gold colors - complete with replicas of panda bears and China's UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Mount Qingcheng and the world famous Great Wall of China. The float synthesized Chinese culture with Chengdu's natural sites and landmarks.
Chinese and American dance performers teamed up to give an unforgettable panda-inspired dance routine that fused modern dance with traditional Chinese elements.
The blending of Chinese culture with American tradition highlighted America's multi-cultural heritage and promoted a greater sense of understanding between the United States and China.
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Chengdu is the capital of southwestern China's Sichuan province. The city is also home to the famous Giant Panda.
The Sino-American Friendship Association, (SAFA), a non-profit organization which promotes China and Chinese culture in the U.S and has been participating in Macy's Thanksgiving Parade since 2013.
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