Michelle Yeoh is Going to Be the Grand Marshal in SF’s Chinese New Year Parade

Michelle Yeoh is Going to Be the Grand Marshal in SF’s Chinese New Year Parade

February 13, 2018

Southwest Airlines officially announced that Michelle Yeoh is going to make an appearance at the upcoming Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco on February 24.

Image via Instagram / michelleyeoh_official

We are honored to announce Michelle Yeoh as this year’s Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade Grand Marshal,” Southwest Airlines said in its Facebook post last Wednesday, February 7.

Yeoh, who currently plays evil Emperor Georgiou in “Star Trek: Discovery,” will become the first celebrity to ever serve in the role of Grand Marshal in the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade, according to ASAM News.

Image via Instagram / michelleyeoh_official
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The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade was named one of the top ten parades in the world by the International Festivals & Events Association.

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It is the one of the only few remaining night illuminated parades in North America that is celebrated annually. It is also the biggest parade celebrating the lunar new year outside of Asia.

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The festivity was first established in San Francisco in 1860 as a way to educate the community about its culture, which later grew and became the “largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia,” according to the official website.

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The Chinese New Year Festival and Parade has been under the direction of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce since 1958.

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It’s an honor to serve as this year’s Grand Marshal and experience Lunar New Year in the United States,” the 55-year-old actress said in her statement. “This historic parade is a wonderful celebration that unites communities and promotes cultural exchange; two pursuits that are very close to my heart.”

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Yeoh is set to appear in the highly anticipated 2018 film adaptation of “Crazy Rich Asians” from Singaporean novelist, Kevin Kwan.

Featured images (left) via Instagram / michelleyeoh_official, (right) Facebook / Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade & Festival
      Bryan Ke

      Bryan Ke is a Reporter for NextShark




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