Chinatown - Golden Dragon New Year's Parade, 31 January 2009

We took a couple of friends to usher in the Year of the Ox with a China kind of flava.  No sooner had we sat down, we heard firecrackers and gongs drawing closer, with a dragon coming in to Empress Pavilion while we ate dim sum.

The dragon visited our table.

Lanterns adorn Chinatown as everyone celebrates the year of the Ox.

I see the Statue of Liberty woman everywhere, even during Chinese New Year's festivities.  She showed up at the Doo Dah Parade just two weeks ago with Thorny Rose recipient Ann Lau, and I had seen her at all the Los Angeles and San Francisco Tibet protests that I was at in 2008.  She always dresses like the Statue of Liberty and brandishes a torch festooned with an "Impeach Bush" sticker.

I spoke to her briefly.  She was critical of not only China governnent's human rights abuses and not allowing the Dalai Lama to return home, but Chinese people who move here and become comfortable, not bothering to fight for democracy and human rights in China.  I chose this photo over some others I had taken because the astonished expressions of the onlookers is especially pronounced in this photo.

Chinese acrobats warm up fop the show.

I rarely pass up a chance to photograph interesting mannequins.

The pre-parade show was spectacular, almost a free mini Cirque du Soleil show.

Chinese acrobats leaping through hoops just before the Golden Dragon Parade to welcome in the Year of the Ox.

The parade begins.


Draggin' the dragon.  A baby dragon makes its way to the end of the parade.

After two delicious meals - dim sum at Empress Pavilion, and an early dinner at Golden Dragon Restaurant - we made our way back home to continue the New Year's style celebration with Dr. Fun, a chiropractor from Hong Kong, who unfortunately returning to Hong Kong in just a few days.

This is probably one of the most unusual "Free Tibet" signs I've ever seen, this one on an X-rated newspaper vending machine.

Chinatown, Golden Dragon Chinese New Year's Parade 2009

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