The District’s Lunar New Year Celebration

Yesterday I attended the CCBA Lunar New Year Celebration – or in other words, the District’s annual Chinatown parade.

It’s held on the first Sunday of each lunar new year, and organized by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association – an umbrella group of organizations that have governed D.C.’s Chinatown since its early days.

It’s amazing the kind of access you can get with a little bit of confidence and a professional-looking camera. The police let me through the crowd barriers and even onto the stage to take photos, and I enjoyed taking advantage of my New Media status for the day.

Take a look at the slideshow for a taste of the day’s festivities, starting with what I had for lunch in Chinatown.

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2 thoughts on “The District’s Lunar New Year Celebration

  1. Thanks so much – and I love your blog on Japan! Makes me nostalgic for the time I lived in Kyushu, teaching English at the public schools in a small town…was great to read about the Setsubun festival, and to remember how they celebrate the lunar new year…

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