Las Vegas—The Gold Coast Hotel and Casino is welcoming the Year of the Dragon -- an exceptionally powerful and lucky symbol -- with a variety of Chinese New Year events and promotions.

The Lohan School of Shaolin will perform a traditional Lion Dance parade through the casino on February 1 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. The parade includes several dragons, a percussion procession and characters that will make several stops in the casino to pull ceremonial lettuce from the ceiling and toss the leaves to spectators. Being hit by a piece of lettuce during a Lion Dance parade is considered particularly lucky, and is an auspicious way to begin the New Year.

The casino will hold multiple gaming promotions, including drawings for $16,800 in promotional chips on January 23 and 30, and a $5,000 Slot Hot Seat contest on January 28. Complete details and rules are posted at the property and are available at

Chinese New Year decorations and lucky citrus trees will adorn the casino floor, and popular restaurants Ping Pang Pong and Noodle Exchange will serve authentic and delicious dishes.