Colts Cheerleaders in Hong Kong: Erin's Travel Blog

Erin recaps the Cheer squad's journey to Hong Kong to represent the U.S. at the 21st annual Cathay Pacific Lunar New Year Celebrations.

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Day One

Hey Colts Nation! Today is the day we head to Hong Kong! I was in Group 2, so we got to the airport at 10:15am and left at 12:45pm. Then when we got to Chicago, we met up with the rest of the team and immediately boarded the Cathay Pacific airline!

Since it was my birthday, my BP Lauren, got me a Happy Birthday sign that she hung up over my seat! We had about a 14.5 hour flight from Chicago to Hong Kong. I was able to sleep for about half the plane ride and then was able to watch some movies. Finally we made it to Hong Kong, which was 8pm on Saturday (so we basically lost a whole day because of the time change!). Once we got all our stuff, we got on our bus and headed to our hotel! Everyone was exhausted and we have an early day tomorrow, so we ate some food and headed to bed!

Hong Kong selected the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders to represent the U.S. at the 21st annual Cathay Pacific Lunar New Year Celebrations.


Day Two

Today we had to be up and ready early. Our morning started out with a rehearsal for the Cathay Pacific Chinese New Year Night Parade. We went to the Hong Kong Cultural Center, which is where the parade starts. We got to watch some other amazing performers practice, there were performers on stilts, awesome costumes and some adorable young ballerinas from Hong Kong. Then it was time for us to practice our opening performance that we do for the Parade!

Hong Kong selected the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders to represent the U.S. at the 21st annual Cathay Pacific Lunar New Year Celebrations.

Once that was complete, we got to take some pictures with the beautiful Harbour in the background. After that, we got to walk around and check out Hong Kong a bit. We split up into smaller groups and ate lunch first. Then my group walked around, took lots of pictures and got some Hong Kong souvenirs. We had a little more time left for our break, so we went back and got a quick nap in (jet lag has hit us)! We got ready again and it was time to go back to the Hong Kong Cultural Center and have another rehearsal for the parade, but with ALL the performers! It was so amazing to see all the people from different parts of the world. Back to the hotel to get some rest before the parade tomorrow! Oh and we have to watch the Super Bowl Monday at 7:30am because that is when it is on here! Crazy huh?!


Day Three

Today is parade day! But it's a night parade so there was some free time in the morning to explore. A group of us ate breakfast and tried to follow along with the Super Bowl, remember it was on at 7:30am! Big congrats to Peyton Manning for another Super Bowl Championship! After getting ready, a small group headed over to the Nan Lian Gardens. It was absolutely beautiful. There were lots of unique trees and flowers everywhere. Also, there was lots of Chinese architecture, which was awesome to see. We took tons of pictures and bought some souvenirs, like Chinese fans!

Once we headed back, we got changed and met in the lobby to go to the Hong Kong Cultural Center to get ready for the parade. We had to get there early, because they shut down the streets for the parade. We had a chance to eat and relax for a few hours. We got pictures with lots of the other performers and also got to see them practice their routines! Lots of amazing performers, like the Hong Kong jump roping team. Some of my favorites performers were the children who danced. They were absolutely adorable!

Then it was time to line up and get ready for the Cathay Pacific Lunar New Year Night Parade! We were the 3rd performing group, so we were up at the front. First thing we did was a huge performance that was shown live around the world!!

It was so much fun and everyone was so welcoming of the "American cheerleaders"! Next, we did another performance back to back. They we split in two groups. My group, continued on walking in the parade. There were so many people lining the streets, that the energy was unreal! We passed out Colts goodies and did some dancing while walking. We also had two more smaller performances on the parade route. Then, it was over so fast!

My group went back inside and waited for the 2nd group of cheerleaders, who were walking with the finale group. Once everyone was finished, we got all our stuff together and headed back to the bus. We had to wait a bit outside, since they were unblocking the streets. While outside, we actually met 3 guys from the States! Two were Green Bay fans and the other was a Giants fan. They said they were so excited to see us in the parade! Then our bus came and took us back to our hotel. As I got ready for bed, I reflected on the day. The parade was definitely one of the most amazing things I have every experienced and it was definitely a moment I will always remember! Off to bed, because I was very tired!

Hong Kong selected the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders to represent the U.S. at the 21st annual Cathay Pacific Lunar New Year Celebrations.