Photo Friday: Chinese New Year in London

London, UK; February 2005

Chinese New Year parade

London has a large Chinese community and every year for Chinese New Year there’s a huge parade from Trafalgar Square, up Charing Cross Road and into Chinatown. Lion dancers prance the streets of Chinatown, devouring lettuces that hang out of shop windows. (The lettuces are not the point; they contain money and this is one of the main community fundraising events of the year). All around, street vendors sell tasty snacks and pinches of gunpowder wrapped in newspaper that let off a loud bang when you throw it to the ground. In my first year in London, I went to watch the parade with my boyfriend and half a dozen friends, and took this snap of a man in an opera costume.

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  1. Wow, what a fantastic costume! Wonderful photograph!

    Thanks! I especially like the fact that he was looking right at me. Poser! – Caitlin.

  2. Love the colorful costume. Thanks for sharing your experience there.

    Thanks! – Caitlin.

  3. This is a great picture – the colors are stunning.

    I was in London once in October and we stumbled unexpectedly on a parade in Chinatown with a large dragon dancing through the street. It was the last thing I expected to see there and was very fun.

    Glad you liked the pic! London is full of surprises – I think there is a China festival every autumn so that might be what you saw. – Caitlin.

  4. Each week’s photo is better than the last! I grew up near San Francisco, so a trip to Chinatown for the Chinese New Year’s parade was an annual outing, but I don’t think I ever saw a costume like this.

    Thank you! You’re too kind. – Caitlin.

  5. Great shot! I’m jealous, as I keep trying to get somehting this eyecatching during parades!

    Thanks! Your shots are pretty good too though! – Caitlin.

  6. great photo!!

  7. Ooh, great photo. I’ve got a lot to live up to for next week’s Photo Friday!
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