January 25, 2004

2004/4702 Chinese New Year Parade

POST #    722


The Monkey King


Chuck Schumer responds to calls of "Chuck for President!" from an un-named blog author. Note the looks of "who is that crazy guy?" from the old white and old Asian guy.


Parade banners.


More banner.


Police Pipes and Drums, Bergen County, NJ.


Dragons.


More dragon action.


Finally, another dragon.

After hitting up Jing Fong for dim sum with Eleanor, Jeannette, Jessica, Rachelle, Shannan, and Yvan, we headed over to the Chinese New Year parade, where we met up with Jen and Jake. What better way to ring in a new year, besides having dinner with family and dinner with friends.

I remember going to the New Year's parade when I was a kid, and while some things are the same, some things have changed. I remember firecrackers when I was a child. They were loud, but they added a lot to the parade experience and are an important tradition. The firecrackers are supposed to scare away evil spirits. I guess the Giuliani Administration wasn't too keen on making those evil spirits go away. I also didn't see the scary guy from my childhood that wore this mask that looked playful, but really wasn't. I think he banged a drum or cymbals or something.

Despite the cold weather, there were a lot of people there to watching it, including Gothamist and Bluejake. I was freezing my ass off, I can't imagine how those bagpipers felt...and what bagpipe has to do with Chinese New Year, I do not know. Despite my camera acting a little crazy because of the weather, it was nice to relive some childhood memories.

- Rachelle on "Chinese New Year Parade"
- Eleanor on "chinese new year"
- Bluejake on "Chinatown Parade" (with gallery)
- Gothamist on "Chinese New Year Parade"

Posted by tien mao in NYC at 9:02 PM

 

 

You posted a picture of the Monkey King!

I went to sit inside the coffee shop (Silk Road Mocha) for a half hour to warm up, before I agreed to walk around again. It was damned cold.

Posted by: Jen at January 25, 2004 10:14 PM

yeah, but it wasn't the monkey king that i was afraid of...or was it? i really don't remember. it was so long ago.

Posted by: tien at January 25, 2004 10:18 PM

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