By Marcus Leach

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson is set to join the city's Chinese New Year celebrations, which take place in Trafalgar Square and Chinatown on Sunday 29 January.

The most important festival in the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Dragon itself begins on 23 January.

"I am delighted to once again be supporting London's Chinese New Year celebrations, which each year bring an exhilarating burst of colour to the centre of town," the Mayor of London Boris Johnson said.

"Amongst the biggest outside China - reflecting our city's large and vibrant Chinese community - this fabulous event attracts people of all ages and from all walks of life.

"This year's festivities herald the Year of the Dragon, the mightiest of the signs, and are one of the first major events in a thrilling year for London. As we head towards the Olympic and Paralympic Games there will be events and celebrations in every corner of the capital and with the Year of the Dragon's themes of passion, ambition and success, I can think of no better way to help kick off a year of amazing highlights and a Summer like No Other."

As well as the Chinese New Year celebrations, the Mayor is backing a variety of events across the capital throughout the year, including especially created events that will contribute to the London 2012 Festival. More information can be found at the recently launched website

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