DENVER (CBS4) – Every year Hong Kong hosts a giant party for the Cathay Pacific Lunar New Year. The celebration starts on Feb. 19, and this year the Denver Broncos cheerleaders are joining the party as representatives the United States.
“As part of the festivities, the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders will unveil a brand-new performance exclusive to the world-renowned Chinese New Year Parade,” the Broncos said in a statement.READ MORE: Smith Hill Fire Southeast Of Golden Gate Canyon State Park Fully Contained
Director of Cheerleaders Shawna Peters said the squad is thrilled to be selected.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our young squad to observe and learn about Chinese culture during one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in the world,” Peters said. “We are also excited for the chance to share some American customs with the residents of Hong Kong.”
Sam and Faymie, two of the cheerleaders who will make the trip, stopped by CBS4 studios to talk about representing the U.S. and the Broncos at the festivities.
“There will be lots of floats and entertainers at the Chinese New Year parade that we’ll be attending and dancing at,” Sam said.
She said the whole team will go, along with Miles the mascot.
“We were actually chosen by the Hong Kong Tourism Board,” Faymie said. “They just picked us to be the representatives for the U.S. So we get to perform in the parade with a numerous amount of performers from around the world.”READ MORE: Northern Colorado Families Could Be Without Power For Several Hours
Denver Broncos cheerleading squads have toured military bases across the world since 2003, but this will be the first time this particular squad has left the United States.
“Last year at the Super Bowl we were able to travel across the country, but we’ve not traveled internationally as a team,” Sam said. “So this will be a really incredible experience for us … we’re beyond excited to be there.
“We have a great show that we’ve prepared specifically for the New Year’s parade that which we will be performing in.”
The celebration will be internationally televised and includes a massive fireworks display on the iconic Victoria Harbour to welcome in the Year of the Goat.
Additional Information From The Broncos Cheerleaders
Entering their 23rd season, the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders are one of the premier teams in the National Football League. The Broncos brought cheerleaders back in 1993 after a 17-year absence and are proud of the work the team does both on the field and, more importantly, in the community.MORE NEWS: University Of Colorado To End RTD A Line Sponsorship Next May
To learn more about Hong Kong’s 2015 Chinese New Year Celebration and obtain a complete schedule of events, visit the official Hong Kong Tourism Board website at www.DiscoverHongKong.com/USA.