Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year!

I am in love with the fact that the Chinese New Year (it's the year of the TIGER) fell on Valentine's Day this year. It made for a super fun weekend! Goodbye paper hearts and hello fire-breathing dragons!

Chinatown was amazing today. Rain fell like crazy, but it was not enough to stop this rock'n good time. Picture overload. I love it I love it I love it. ROAR.

It was so crowded, so I cannot believe some of the close shots I was able to get. The parade started in one location and then went down each block with different stops on and off for a few hours. We walked to numerous spots throughout the afternoon, so we were able to see a few shows.

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can you not help but smile when you see this?

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this guy was literally in the street dancing and I jumped out in front of him before he moved:)


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kai being held up by my sister

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paper lanterns. check it.

face painting. mandatory.

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i somehow ended up right next to the group preparing for the parade so i was able to get some shots before they were costumed. it made me really excited when i realized how young they all were. that they participated in their heritage at their age was really cool to see.

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this is my favorite shot of the day.

And yes, we hit the food scene. More details to come on our food blog.

Next year, you should come with!


Taste of Champaign said...

This looks like soooo much fun! How exciting that you can live so close to so much culture! Way to go for taking advantage of it!

Rachel said...

Hurrah! Maybe next year we'll brave the crowds and the parade. This time we're planning a trip to the ID tomorrow, though, since Robert has the day off. Just because we've never really *been* there (I mean, I've been there, but never really *been* there, you know?) and since it'll be totally new to the kids anyway. Thanks for sharing your amazing photos! And "Gong Xi Fa Cai!"

Jenna said...

What a fabulous post! I think we will put it on our calendar for next year to join you. How Fun!

Jen O said...

Awesome photos...I could have looked at MANY more and not be overloaded. The closeup of the dragon is my fave.

Hong Jr. said...

I'm glad you decided to represent my heritage. Now I know that you don't hate the Chinese like your husband does.

Carrie said...

Dear Hong Jr.

You crack me up. Hugs to your woman for me:)

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