SF Chinese New Year Parade - Year of the Horse.

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by ThomD, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. ThomD

    ThomD Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 1, 2013
    SF Bay Area
    For a few years I've been trying to get to San Francisco's CNY parade. Unfortunately the parade has a history of rain. This got to the point the it was a joke in our office -- you could predict the weather weeks in advance by seeing when the parade was scheduled. Even during this driest year ever, the forecast was for 60% chance of rain. We had family visiting, so we decided to go and tempt the fates. I work a couple of blocks from the parade start, so we parked the car at work and setup right on the barriers about 2 blocks from the parade start. The crowd behind us was 3-4 deep and the newspaper reported that the crowd at Union Square, near the end of the parade, was 8+ deep. We only had 5 drops of rain while we stood there, but it rained lightly while we were in the car headed home.

    This is quite a parade - 17 marching bands, 24 floats and more dragons and lions than I could keep track of and one shopping card. Luck, of course, is a big part of the Chinese culture, so the local grocery chain, "Lucky", was a natural fit.

    The parade went for 2 hours, by which time we were kind of ready for it to be over. I was very happy to have the monopod to rest the camera on from time to time.

    G6 and 12-35 for all the shots.












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  2. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    You deserve at least 1 response.....
    BTW, love that shopping cart!!! :biggrin:
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  3. ivoire

    ivoire Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2011
    Naperville, IL
    Great series... love the colors!