Preston was set for celebrations of the Chinese New Year today with vibrant colours and a Chinese dragon parade.
The market was due to be decorated with Chinese lanterns , with free fortune cookies on offer.
Mayor of Preston, Coun Veronica Afrin, said: “This is a great reason to visit Preston Market.
“As always there are great stalls on the market, but there will be such a buzz about the place with special Chinese produce available to help celebrate this important event. The parades will be great with such bright colours on show and the drums will add to the atmosphere.”
And tomorrow, the year of the horse will be celebrated at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, in partnership with UCLan’s Confucius Institute.
Between 11am and 3.30pm, there will be a wide range of free activities for all the family throughout the museum, from calligraphy and brush painting, to paper lantern making and Tai Chi.
People are invited to discover all things Chinese by taking part in a tea ceremony, learning a few words of Chinese, and getting up close to some traditional Chinese ceramics.
There is no need to book for the free events.