The year of the snake slithered in with a bang in Melbourne’s Chinatown over the weekend, with Citywide providing crucial traffic management for one of the most popular events of the year: Chinese New Year.
The streets erupted in a blaze of noise and colour as dragons and lions danced along in a parade to chase away bad spirits, with Citywide staff managing the scores of people that crowded Chinatown to watch the festivities.
The parade was especially busy this year as festival Sunday happened to fall on Feb 10th, the actual date of the New Lunar celebration.
Citywide Traffic and Events Coordinator Penny Pananis has been managing the event for the last 10 years and says her team always puts a significant amount of work in each year to ensure the day is a success.
“The whole planning process began in August last year with permits submitted to the City of Melbourne” said Penny,
“It’s a long process but we’re always rewarded with a successful day.”
A total of 40 Citywide staff worked around the clock over the weekend, commencing Saturday night and working right through until Monday morning. Traffic barriers were installed on Russell Street and eight illuminated notification signs were put in place in the streets surrounding the event a week prior.
Penny says she was satisfied with the success of the event on Sunday and looks forward to planning next year’s traffic management requirement's for Melbourne's Chinese New Year celebrations.