(Teachers and students’ team of the CINB won first prize in the Santa Claus Parade)
At 5:00 p.m, on Nov.25th in 2017, the annual Santa Claus Parade was held in Moncton of New Brunswick. About 80,000 citizens from different districts gathered together to watch this grand activity. After nightfall, all kinds of beautiful floats came into view in order, conveying best Christmas wishes to people. In general, this activity is wonderful and attractive. The faculty and students from Confucius Institute in New Brunswick wore animal costumes of panda and typical Chinese zodiac signs and held colorful Chinese dancing fans and Tai Chi fans. With cute image and unique design, they danced and performed while walking, which gained warm applause and high appreciation of the audience. In these floats, many students are students of the Chinese credit course of the Confucius Institute, the students greeted each other in Chinese and sent festive greetings to the audience with full enthusiasm as well.
Santa Claus Parade of Moncton started from 1967. It is held on last week’s Saturday of November each year and there are always more than one hundred floats every year. After 49 years’ development, it has become the grandest activity for festival celebration, which often attracts 100,000 audience. This year marks the seventh time for Confucius Institute in New Brunswick to participate in this activity. The faculty and excellent high school students in mandarin class extended their best wishes to audience. The enthusiastic audience waved and said hello to the team of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick and even some kids clapped hands and hugged with Chinese teachers. Many of them are the members of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick and they said hello in Chinese loudly, which made Chinese teachers very surprised and proud.
In this activity, the Confucius Institute and high school cooperative float parade was rated as the first prize among high school groups in Moncton.
The amazing performance of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick impressed the audience and enabled them to experience Chinese culture. Moncton television station covered a full live broadcast and conveyed the best wishes of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick to thousands of households and brought happiness to everyone.