Monday, February 13, 2012

Chinese New Year Parade

I can go on and on about this festival. It was so awesome, I wish I could just hit the rewind button and do it all over again. I really can't think of a moment in recent memory when I have had a better time. My only regret is that I couldn't take any more pictures because I ran out of memory on my camera card from taking so many pictures. Extending beyond the entertainment at the plaza, and set as the main attraction was the Chinese New Year Parade.

This event was PACKED. Elbow-to-elbow like sardines in a can. It was very difficult for me to weave my way through the crowd, especially while wearing a backpack. The best I could do was attach myself to the thin stream of people that seemed to somehow find a way to open a slow moving, steady current that passed along the sidelines. Once I was able settle into a decent position, I had a nice clear view (aided by a surrounding crowd of people relatively shorter than I am) so I got a pretty good piece of the action.

In came the bands and cheerleaders from different high schools. Then there were the floats with the beauty queens. Then, a few old-timey vehicles carrying a few high-ranking government officials. I don't really follow politics at all, so I had no idea who any of these people were, but they were sitting on top of some pretty fancy cars so I guess they were pretty important. Ronald McDonald paid a visit, too bad he wasn't tossing out hamburgers that would have made it extra special because I was a tad bit on the hungry side.

Even the Batmobile made a grand entrance, which coincidently blew a gasket right in front of me and had to quickly exit the parade with a trail of smoke fuming from the engine..



At first I thought it was some sort of special effect, but when I smelled the pungent odor of radiator fluid, I quickly realized that Batman would not be fighting any crime tonight.

There were other characters as well like Mulan and Mushu, and some weird orange furry-looking monster. I have to give credit to the people that volunteer to wear the full-body costumes, especially the ones covered in fur because on that day it was HOT. There is no possible way he was sitting there in that thing and not dehydrating and covered in sweat at the same time.

As the grand finale, the parade ended with something called "The Lion Dance". A well-choreographed ensemble of dragon-puppeteering that had the crowd well entertained as the parade came to a close.

7 comments:

  1. Having spent some time in Taiwan, I have a special place in my heart for Chinese New Year. There was a huge celebration in my college town when it happened, but I already had plans (b/c I didn't know about it). Here's to hoping I can indulge myself next year!

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  2. adowler2/13/2012

    I have to get to one of those sometime.

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  3. I definitely recommend it.

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  4. Man, how cool would it be to celebrate Chinese New Year at the source.  I'll bet they really do it big.

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  5. You have NO clue. Where we were, they LOVED fireworks. Oh. My. Goodness.

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  6. Looks like a fun parade, certainly a bummer about no free hamburgers but that very rarely happens. You have some pretty cool flickr photo shows around, particularly like your spinning globe of photos on your pics page.

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  7. Yea, I guess you're right about the hamburgers. Oh well, one can dream. Thanks for the input about the flickr pics. I often wondered if people go there.

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