Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas hosted the official 12th Annual Chinese New Year in the Desert ribbon-cutting ceremony, presented by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship.
To welcome the Year of the Rabbit, St. Mark’s Square transformed into a stunning spectacle as city officials and VIPs came together to kick off the celebration with an honorary ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Lt. Governor Stavros Anthony, Las Vegas City Councilwoman Olivia Diaz, Las Vegas City Councilwoman, Victoria Seaman, Jamba inside the Las Vegas Airport franchise owners, Michael David and Mary Ann Ty and Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas China Specialist, Z.J. Tong, among others, were there to commemorate the occasion.
Guests were in for an incredible celebration as city officials and VIPs welcomed everyone with a few opening remarks.
Creating a very special moment, Las Vegas City Councilwoman, Victoria Seaman presented a certificate of recognition for Chinese New Year in the Desert surrounding its efforts in promoting and celebrating cultural diversity.
As the events continued, Lt. Governor, Stavros Anthony; Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Sichan Siv, Yan Can Cook! celebrity chef, Martin Yan and world-renowned Chinese painters, The Zhou Brothers, Shanzuo Zhoushi and Dahuang Zhoushi participated in a traditional eye dotting ritual to awaken the lions and then conducted the official cutting of the ribbon.
Bringing the festivities to an end, the lions paraded through the famed Shoppes, while traditional folk dancers performed for the crowd.
About Grand Canal Shoppes
The Grand Canal Shoppes is a luxury shopping mall located within the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The mall features over 160 luxury and boutique stores, as well as a variety of restaurants and cafes. The mall is modeled after the famous Grand Canal in Venice, Italy and features a replica of the Rialto Bridge, gondola rides, and live street entertainment.
The mall also features a variety of art and sculptures, including a replica of Michelangelo’s David. It is one of the most popular shopping destinations in Las Vegas and is known for its luxury brands and high-end stores.