SOURCE: Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace

February 07, 2011 17:36 ET

Caesars Palace Celebrates Chinese New Year

Chef Bobby Flay and Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner Welcome Guests With a Lion Dance Performance in Honor of the New Year

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - February 7, 2011) - Bobby Flay, executive chef of Mesa Grill, was the most honored guest at Sunday's Chinese New Year celebration at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Flay took part in the ceremonial "painting of the eyes" to wake the lion and welcome the Year of the Rabbit.

Flay was joined by Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner and Caesars Entertainment Western Division President Tom Jenkin. The event took place at the main entrance of the resort while hundreds of onlookers took in a festive display of live music, colorful lions and choreographed dancers. Red envelopes were given as an offering to the lions and firecrackers were lit to ward off evil spirits. The lion dance parade continued throughout the resort, delighting thousands of Caesars Palace guests.

"Caesars Palace has a long-standing tradition of celebrating the Chinese culture during the New Year," said Gary Selesner, president of Caesars Palace. "We hope this year is filled with good luck and prosperity for all."

Guests of Caesars Palace enjoyed celebratory messages throughout the resort as well as traditional red and gold decorations including red floral arrangements, cherry blossoms, red and gold hanging lanterns and golden statues representing the Chinese lunar zodiac. To coincide with Chinese New Year celebrations, Caesars Palace also welcomed legendary Hong Kong pop star and movie actor Jacky Cheung, for three concerts, Feb. 6-8.