The Asian Marching Boys are in hot demand, having been confirmed for two appearances at the Chinese New Year celebrations, in addition to their schedule of Mardi Gras performances.

The City of Sydney has invited the Asian Marching Boys to perform in the finale of the official Chinese New Year Opening Ceremony on 1 February at Belmore Park, in the presence of new Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, who will be the special guest speaker.

Then on 10 February, the marching group will close the Chinese New Year parade, as it winds its way from George St to Tumbalong Park.

The Asian Marching Boys will be performing on both occasions to music by Iva Davies and Julian Gough, in routines choreographed by Jai Jamali.

“This is such a big pat on the back for us, and says an enormous amount in terms of contribution to the community,” Asian Marching Boys board member Wayne Daly said.

“The fact we were asked to take part in this and that we have been embraced with important roles to play in this celebration is very symbolic. We are a part of the Asian community and of the gay and lesbian community, and we like to think we are being acknowledged as ambassadors for sections of both communities. This is a fabulous thing for us.”

On 27 February, the boys will be performing in a variety night titled Exposed at the Midnight Shift, and are at work on their Mardi Gras parade entry for 1 March.

“We are the Asian Marching Boys, but we do have some girls among the group and we are looking for more girls as well,” Daly said.

“We plan to have about 40 people for Mardi Gras, but we are always looking for new people.”

To find out more about joining the Asian Marching Boys, visit www.asianmarchingboys.org.

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