Chinese New Year Parade and Community Event
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Chinese New Year Parade and Community Event

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Join us for the 21st Annual Chinese New Year Parade, Saturday, February 10th, in beautiful Downtown Fairhope, AL.

All are welcome to join Children of the World celebrate family, Chinese culture, and community.  Come line the streets Saturday morning, February 10th @ 10:00am to cheer on a parade of precious children and their families! Catch beads, moon-pies, and other throws - without the huge crowds! (It's an excellent way to give little ones the "parade" experience, in a safe and controlled environment)

Be sure to stick around for more fun and activities afterwards.  The celebration continues with lunch, activities, and entertainment at the Fairhope United Methodist Church.

Parade Details:

The parade begins in front of Fairhope United Methodist Church, at the intersection of Nichols and Section Street. Parade participants will begin lining up at 9:30. Children of all ages are welcome to participate in the parade, but must be accompanied by an adult and must provide their own "throws".

Floats - Decorated Wagons and Bicycles are always a big hit and easy for families to manage.  All types of "man-powered" or "kid-powered" floats are seen and enjoyed by the crowd.  Of course, just walking and tossing is equally fun!  Please, no motorized floats - so that we can keep in compliance with the city's ordinances.

Community Event Following the Parade:

Stay after the parade for the best bowl of gumbo you've ever eaten! (yes, we know... Gumbo is the least "Chinese" dish ever.  But, our own Reggie Bryant makes the best gumbo in the world. So, why not?)  Non-seafood options will be available too.

And just in case the gumbo wasn't enough... Live Entertainment, Kid-Friendly Art Projects, Family Activities, and More will be available to entertain you.

Oh... and did we mention that we will be raffling off a football signed by Nick Saban? Well, we are!

So, come and be a part of this time-honored tradition with us.

All proceeds will benefit our local and international mission efforts.

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6:00 PM18:00

Indian Festival of Lights

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Join Children of the World for our first annual Indian Festival of Lights Celebration at the Fairhope Community Park, in Downtown Fairhope

This was a magical night. The second annual “Indian Festival of Lights” can’t come soon enough

We invite all to come enjoy a beautiful evening with members of the COTW staff. Bond with families at all stages of the adoption process.  Or come to learn more about Children of the World and International Adoption.

This is a casual and relaxed event for families to gather, fellowship, and experience Indian Culture.  Activities will begin at the park with desserts, fun, and a Bollywood dance instructor. At 7:45, the group will make their way to Fairhope Pier and release family lanterns over Mobile Bay.

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Saturday, October 21st, 2017


The party will begin at Fairhope Community Park (105 South Church St, Fairhope, AL) and end with releasing lanterns at Fairhope Pier over Mobile Bay.


6:00 pm - Gather at Fairhope Community Park to enjoy desserts and festivities

7:45 pm - Group will make their way to the Fairhope Pier (south park, to the left of the pier)

8:00 pm - Releasing lanterns over Mobile Bay

What to Bring:

Children of the World will be providing drinks, paper products, and a lantern for each family to release at the end of the night.

Please bring a dessert to share and lawn chairs for your family members.


Purchase your shirt from the link below. Shirts can be shipped directly to you or to COTW office for pickup.  Shirts will be available until September 29th, to allow plenty of time for production and shipment.

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Chinese New Year Parade

Join Children of the World as we celebrate Chinese New Year with a parade through downtown Fairhope and a family fun event at Fairhope United Methodist Church.

This is our organizations largest and longest running fundraiser and all are welcome and invited to attend! All proceeds benefit Children of the World's international adoption and relief efforts both locally and abroad.


Saturday, February 4, 2017


Fairhope United Methodist Church (115 South Section Street), in and around the Wesley Hall area


10:00 AM parade through downtown Fairhope, followed by lunch, silent auction, and kids' activities


Gumbo, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, salad, and hot dog plates for kids


Adult plates $10 and children's plates $5

Parade and kids' activities are free to attend

Donations welcomed and encouraged

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