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Chinatown Parade

Kids Ready To Watch Parade
We have watched the Chinatown Parade several times in previous years (2017, 2015, 2006).  We have learned a few things - arrive early, prepare for the cold and get comfortable seats.  We brought our camping chairs and set up near the Chinese Cultural Center.  The parade started on time and the first people down the road were the politicians shaking hands and giving out red packets. 

Kids With Andrew Wilkinson

After the first group of people pass, the parade is a mix of performances and group walking by with banners.  Some of the show is corporate groups (VanCity or the CBC) and some are private groups like Benevolent societies or the Chinese Cultural Center.


Dragon Running To Catch Up

Dancing Lion Comes To Visit
Early on in the parade the route is better respected (lots of space for the performers) and everyone has more energy.  The kids like to get the red packets so again being early on the route is good.

Chinese Dancing Lion At Parades Edge

I have a soft spot for the performances - dragons, dancing lions and various dance acts.  Some performances go right up the middle of the road but many of the lions and dragons run edge to edge, especially if there are kids around.

Balloon Dragon Comes To VisitDragon Comes To VisitTwo Dragons Chasing Wisdom
 
Dancer With WingKids Dancing With UmbrellasYellow Dancers With Fans
 
  Walking Away Towards Parade

While we have been to several parades, I don't think we have every seen one to completion.  I believe the whole parade is about 2.5 hours long, but the parade isn't always on time.

Gymnastics Week

Balance Beam
Apparently it's national gymnastics week.  The gym our kids go to is participating and they want to crowd source some images.  Ten minutes before the usual end of class, we were allowed to come in with our cameras and take some snapshots.  Being parents, we happily obliged.


Nara and Claira's classes basically overlap with Nara's class finishing about 15 minutes after Claira's.  Both classes ended in the same part of the gym so I wound up taking very similar pictures for both kids.

Claira Doing BridgeClaira Swinging On RopeClaira Doing CandleClaira On Trampoline
 
Nara Doing BridgeNara Climbing RopeNara Doing CandleNara On Trampoline

Taking photos of kids doing gymnastics is a bit tricky.  I didn't want anything too revealing and I didn't really want other kids in the background.  Thankfully all the kids were doing their own things or waiting in lines so the space worked out well.

Skating At Robson Square

The skating rink at Robson square is technically free, but we don't own skates so we rent every time we visit.  The rink closes at the of February (it is outdoor) so this was our last weekend to get on the ice.  Claira has come a long way this year - she can now skate without a box or anyone holding her hand!

Claira Being SillyClaira On Her OwnClaira Skating Without Box
 
Nara Skating AloneNice Tight Skates
 
 


Dancing Lion Comes To Visit
Tags: lion dance, parade, Vancouver Chinatown
Dragon Running To Catch Up
Altitude: 11m (36 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: dragon, parade, Vancouver Chinatown
Kids With Andrew Wilkinson
Altitude: 28m (91 feet)
Location: Go To...
Balloon Dragon Comes To Visit
Person: Nara
Altitude: 18m (59 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: balloon, dragon, parade, Vancouver Chinatown
Chinese Dancing Lion At Parades Edge
Altitude: 19m (62 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: lion dance, parade, Vancouver Chinatown
Nara Doing Candle
Person: Nara
Tags: gymnastics
Nara On Trampoline
Person: Nara
Tags: gymnastics, levitating, trampoline
Two Dragons Chasing Wisdom
Altitude: 18m (59 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: dragon, parade, Vancouver Chinatown
Balance Beam
Person: Claira
Tags: gymnastics
Nara Doing Bridge
Person: Nara
Tags: gymnastics
Dragon Comes To Visit
Altitude: 18m (59 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: dragon, parade, Vancouver Chinatown
Kids Dancing With Umbrellas
Altitude: 18m (59 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: dancing, parade, Vancouver Chinatown
Claira Being Silly
Person: Claira
Tags: skating
Claira Swinging On Rope
Person: Claira
Tags: gymnastics
Claira On Trampoline
Person: Claira
Tags: gymnastics, levitating, trampoline
Claira Doing Candle
Person: Claira
Tags: gymnastics
Walking Away Towards Parade
Altitude: 21m (68 feet)
Location: Go To...
Claira On Her Own
Person: Claira
Tags: skating
Nara Skating Alone
Person: Nara
Tags: skating
Nara Climbing Rope
Person: Nara
Tags: gymnastics
Yellow Dancers With Fans
Altitude: 18m (59 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: dancing, parade, Vancouver Chinatown
Nice Tight Skates
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: skating
Claira Doing Bridge
Person: Claira
Tags: gymnastics
Claira Skating Without Box
Person: Claira
Tags: skating
Dancer With Wing
Altitude: 18m (59 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: dancing, parade, Vancouver Chinatown
Kids Ready To Watch Parade
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 21m (68 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: costume, Vancouver Chinatown
Tags: Vancouver Chinatown(10), gymnastics(9), parade(9), skating(5), dragon(4), dancing(3)
People: Claira(10), Nara(8)
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