see it

see it: chinese new year parade

 

Today I went to Chinatown for the afternoon to catch the Chinese New Year Parade. 2010 is the Year of the Tiger. (2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, ooo!) The details I found online regarding time, place, duration, etc. were pretty vague, so I headed down to Canal Street around noon. There were a lot of police officers on the corners and parade barricades set up down Allen Street, so I figured I'd hang out and wait. And wait. And wait some more. It wasn't very cold today, but after an hour of standing still on the sidewalk and the sun going behind the buildings, I was feeling a bit discouraged. Finally I could hear drums in the distance, and by then the crowd lining the street was 2-3 people deep. I went hoping to see colorful costumes and wasn't disappointed. The dragon dancers were my favorite, hence most of my photos are of them. Kids were shooting confetti all over the place... the atmosphere was very festive. People shouted wishes for a happy and prosperous new year from the parade floats, kids marched with their school marching bands, and Chinese beauty queens waved from cadillacs. It was one of those moments that made me smile and appreciate the city... there is always something happening here. I hope to take better advantage of the city and seize opportunities to see and do things that I couldn't do if I lived anywhere else.