Every year at the end of January I happily start planning my annual trip over to Vancouver to photograph the Chinese New Years Parade! 2014 is the "Year Of The Horse" and people born in this year are energetic and active and love being in crowds, just like horses! But 2014 isn't just the "Year Of The Horse", it's actually the "Year Of The Wooden Horse" and this is a year that can be associated with war and violence!
But back to the parade. This is a wonderful, noisy, energetic, and colorful event and provides so many great photo opps. Over 3000 participants make up a parade that takes over 2 hours to pass and over 50,000 happy celebrating people jam into the streets of Chinatown in Vancouver to watch it.
Here is the blurb from the Chinese Benevloent Association website about the parade.
"the Chinese New Year Parade features the largest assembly of traditional lion dance teams in Canada with dozens of colourful and energetic lions from the various local fraternal and martial arts organizations. Other highlights include multicultural dance troupes representing the diverse segments of our Canadian cultural heritage, the Vancouver Police Department Motorcycle Drill Team, marching bands and various community groups."
I hope you enjoy my images from another wonderful parade. I know I'll be back in 2015!