Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders and SWOOP Head to Hong Kong for Chinese New Year

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ — The Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleading Squad and SWOOP have been selected to participate in the 2006 Chinese New Year Celebration in Hong Kong. A delegation, including 32 cheerleaders, the team mascot and selected Eagles’ representatives will travel and join 40 local and overseas groups from all over the world to participate in the International Chinese New Year Night Parade.

Organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the celebration features a spectacular international night parade, fireworks, flower markets, sporting events and more, and is one of the biggest celebrations in the world. Screened live on local television, as well as globally via satellite broadcasters, the event is expected to attract 500,000 on-site spectators and reach over 300 million television viewers worldwide. The parade takes place on January 29 in Hong Kong (January 28 in the U.S.).

“We are proud to have our cheerleaders and SWOOP represent Philadelphia and the NFL in this annual celebration,” said Jeffrey Lurie, Chairman and CEO of the Philadelphia Eagles. “The organization is excited to be a part of the Chinese New Year in the spectacular city of Hong Kong.”

The events in Hong Kong kick off the 2006 Discover Hong Kong Year. The Chinese New Year Parade, sponsored by Cathay Pacific Airways, is marking its 10th anniversary with an international pageant of floats, marching bands, spectacular dancers and much more.

This marks the third international trip for the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders in the last three years and the first to Hong Kong. They have previously visited Bosnia and Germany.

“It is an honor to have our squad chosen out of the entire NFL to participate in this unique experience,” said Barbara Zaun, director of the Eagles cheerleaders, who will accompany the group on the trip. “Being given the opportunity to showcase the squad at an event of this magnitude illustrates the international appeal of the Eagles brand.”

While in Hong Kong, the Eagles’ delegation may have the chance to visit Victoria Peak, Aberdeen Fishing Village, Repulse Bay and Stanley Market in Hong Kong; as well as Chetung Sha Beach, the Giant Buddha atop the Ngong Ping plateau and Tai O Fishing Village, all on Lantau Island.

Daily up-to-the-minute news and photographs of the festival and parade will be available on

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