Although the Chinese New Year occurred on February 14th the Parade here in DC wasn't held until Sunday 20th.
The parade is going to finish down there:
Too many people already in place here so we decided to walk closer to the beginning of the parade and were pleasantly surprised at how few people there were. Here they come
It seemed funny to be watching a Chinese Parade across the street from the German Cultural Center
There's a man in there
Various sights (click on any photo to see it bigger):
These were my favourite shots of the day:
More colourful sights: the girls were so happy – singing out Happy New Year as they danced:
It's getting really crowded:
I'm determined I'm going to keep this under control:
I wish we were up there:
The giant firework is going to go here – and we are right at the front of the crowd on our side:
We realised we had an hour's wait until the fire work was ignited and basically I'd taken all the photos I wanted to take while we waited:
the crowd was starting to feel close against my back. I don't like that feeling. We decided that I had had enough and started back towards the metro - the crowd was pressing in on us as they moved to fill our spaces at the front. There was a single file struggling to get out back under the arch:
This was my first Chinese New Year's Parade here and my impression was that although the actual parade was very small every participant was really enjoying it. And so was the massive crowd!