This was the first time Lelan and I went to see the New Year parade as photographers and not just spectators. The streets were packed, the sky was clear and finally NO RAIN!! Rain or shine, this parade still ran!
Lelan and I camped out near a nice spot on the street to shoot the scene. Thank goodness for the monopods though. It definitely came in handy for the low light situation we were dealt with. Without a doubt, we will be going next year and hopefully we can be selected to get to be dedicated photographers for the event!
This is rated one of the top 10 parades in the world and one of the few parades that ran at night. You can find more information about it here: http://www.chineseparade.com/
For now, enjoy the pictures! Mahalo!
Classic Chinese instruments played by performers. From left to right: Guqin, Banhu and Pipa
Teenagers preparing for the show
Kids smiling for the crowd with their gitd sticks
Fanfare kids playing with strings
The colors on the floats and costumes were amazing.
Riding on the OX for good luck!
Nothing says parade like a marching band! Here, a performer plays the trumpet
Kids waving to the crowd. Too bad they were on the McDonald’s float. Don’t brainwash them!
The. Most. Genuine. Smile. Ever.
Chinese dolls exciting the crowd!
Love the coordination and symmetry here from the Tai Chi performers
Waving the flag of the Kung Fu performers
Choi sun – Fortune God float brings everyone wealth and prosperity.
Former Miss Chinatown queens
Tim’s sister is on the float! Hi Tiffany!
2009 Miss Chinatown
One of many dragons during the parade
Chinese drummers making noise!
San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom Band performing
Cows giving high fives to everyone!
Do you Kung Fu?
Firecrackers to end the night