Monday, February 22, 2010

Celebrating the Chinese New Year in DC

Yesterday afternoon, in the Chinatown section of downtown DC, hundreds gathered to celebrate the Chinese New Year and usher in the Year of the Tiger. Fireworks, fortune cookies, presentations and performances were plentiful, as people took to the streets to take in the sights and sounds of a cultural tradition that takes place in cities throughout the world.

Below are some pictures, a few of which were also posted on DCist.

The crowds were pretty impressive, with nearly every stoop along H Street packed with people trying to get a better view of the parade.

Vendors capitalized on the celebration as well, selling silly string, "firework" noise makers and confetti canons.

Here also are two videos that I took during the celebration, the first of the lighting of thousands of fireworks and the second of a traditional dragon dance.

And finally, a shot that has absolutely nothing to do with the Chinese New Year, but rather one I thought was humorous enough to post. Perhaps plumbing is in his future?


Mark February 24, 2010 at 12:44 AM  

Are you shooting those videos on your SLR? How do you like that? I cant decide if its a feature I am actually going to care about or not..

MJLphoto February 24, 2010 at 9:11 AM  

Yeah, Mark, these videos were taken with the D300s. The quality is pretty awesome, but I'm definitely not using it quite as much as I thought I was going to. I'm hoping to do some actual "filming" at some point, but I haven't gotten there yet. It's a nice feature and will get better (and become more standard) with time...

Mark February 25, 2010 at 10:42 AM  

Hmm, interesting. I'd really like to start filming some stuff at the same time as shooting because i tend to end up making a lot of slideshows and nonsense like that. I suppose i should start really considering this feature to help decide what camera i need next.