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Picture Post: Chinese New Year in Chinatown

YAY! Another picture post! Because I haven't posted enough pictures here yet!

(Any day now, the lovely gentleman who allows me to have my dot com on his server is going to poke me about the amount of space I'm using...)

In any case, Saturday was the Chinese Lunar New Year, the year of the rat (Yay, rats!) thudpucker, catlyn99 and I took public transpo down to Chinatown for the festivities.



Here's the one shot with us in it. It was taken pretty much the moment we got off the subway in Chinatown. Because walking around in the sun with a zillion other people doesn't do much for your looks.



Why, yes, I DID photoshop everyone just a little to make us all look better. How nice of you to notice!

Here's a tranquil fountain in Chinatown. It's more tranquil when it's not surrounded by noise and people. We're planning on going back sometime when the place is less crowded.



Scenery shot...



When you need a really sincere gift, now you know where to go...



Gate shot...



We got there early so we could be sure of not missing the parade, no matter how weird the public transportation got, so we had time to bop around. We checked out a couple stores, had fish balls and tater tots, and Sarah/Catlyn bought the latest L'arc en Ciel album. We also came across a book called Fusion Junction that features such awesome artwork as this...



...which is obviously also available as wall-sized art.

BUT WAIT! The parade is about to start! Let's get out onto the route and see it!

One of many awesome dragons in the parade. The dragons were my favorite part.



Close up...



Another slightly less traditional one...



"Are the people still out there??"

"Yep..."



"I Can Has Rat!!"



There was a lot that was too visual to just capture a photo of, so I took a lot of movies. Sadly, youtube has compressed them all so they don't look near as good, but you can get the gist with them, and they don't take a zillion years to download when I post them as youtube videos. But if you like any of these, let me know and I can mail you the .avi which is a lot cleaner.

Here are some cool looking girls marching...



I'll admit, this next one is weird. There was a lot of confetti and I thought it looked awesome the way it was rolling in the breeze. So here's some confetti on the pavement...



Here's the second best video of a dragon in the parade. I'm saving the best for last...



I took a vid of some of the horses in the parade, because I like horses. Apparently there were sheriffs or something riding them, but who pays attention to that? Look, horsies!!



Here's a still shot of the horses...



For obvious reasons, there was a lot of rat/mouse imagery in the parade. Here's a rodent on the Southwest Airlines float...



Some of the dragons in the parade did little synchronized movements...



There were several people doing martial arts demonstrations as they went along the parade route. Here's the one that turned out best...



Can you imagine doing that while walking for over an hour??

A large rat on the FedEx float...



There were several groups of marchers with bands or cheerleaders or flags. This is the flag video that came out best...



Here's a rodent cutout on the JCPenney float...



A cheer group. They made it in because they were the PerkiGoth cheerleaders. Well, not REALLY, but check out those uniforms...



There were a lot of kids dressed up for the occasion, who would sometimes wander into the emptier areas of the street, because hey, they're kids.



Pretty girls and a giant rodent. It was a theme...



DRAGON! (Love these guys...)



Why did this group get into the picture post? Check out the uniforms. Some poor ba$+ards had to march in black uniforms up to the neck. But not these guys...



Hawaiian shirts, all the way. Before you join a marching band, always check out the uniforms first...

I love how this dragon video turned out. That's why I saved it for the last one in the parade shots. You should see it clearer, honestly...



Sun sets over Chinatown...



...the sun also sets on a Giant Chicken.



After the parade we wandered off to a store that Sarah said had a lot of good tea. She was right, and I bought a box of Rose Oolong. We also bought a set of six dinner bowls, blue and white with little cats on the outside and inside. If any of you come over, ask to see them, they're awesome. Should have gotten a picture of them for y'all, but there you go.

The store also had Giant Representations of Cabbage on a Pedestal.



I'm sure there's something cultural I'm missing here, but until I know about it, this still amuses me.

Later we went and got dinner at a place that rocked, Sarah bought a lamp, I bought 2 strings of white and blue LED lights and we headed home.

The End.

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