New banners celebrating Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dog are hanging in downtown Winnipeg.
The winning design in the 2018 Chinatown Banner Competition was unveiled over the weekend during a celebratory banquet on King Street.
Held annually by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre, the competition celebrates arts, culture and the community, and marks the arrival of Chinese New Year.
Laura McGinn, a first-time banner designer and student from the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, was this year’s award recipient.
McGinn’s design now dons 18 banners in Chinatown by Main Street, Princess Street, Logan Avenue and James Avenue.
A jury sorted through 43 entries this year, but ultimately chose a design that showcases a Pekingese dog, an ancient breed from China favoured by the royalty of the Chinese Imperial Court.