Celebrating the Year of the Ox

Posted on: February 2nd, 2009 at 12:00 pm by

Yesterday afternoon, hordes of onlookers gathered along the Chinatown parade route to publicly commemorate the lunar year of the Ox. My particular vantage point, however, was the final stretch of the festivities – Grand Street just west of Allen. And the weather was perfect. A balmy forty-some-odd degrees under bright sunshine.

The police were out early positioning the metal riot fences, and siphoning people onto the sidewalks. Yet once the drumbeat and cymbals were within earshot, their efforts were quickly nullified. Everyone wanted a glimpse of the action. As for the procession, some local businesses had floats, but most were sponsored by larger corporations. Highlights included the flamboyant dancing dragons, classic cars, and the unique flags and standards. Most surprising was the McDonald’s float, complete with a dressed-up Ronald McDonald.

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