Monday, February 11, 2008

Happy New Year!!

Thursday, was the official start of the Chinese New Year. It should be a good year for me as it is the year of the rat, which is what I am. We had a quiet celebration and took Gracie to one of our favorite Chinese restaurants where everyone knows us and this past Saturday, we went to our local parade. We have a high population of Vietnamese in the city that we live in and we were lucky to not have to travel to far to see the parade as it was just around the corner from my dad's house. This was our first year attending and it was an interesting parade. We actually had a gentlemen thank us for coming! It was really hot that day, about 80* and Gracie didn't really understand what was going on but I enjoyed seeing the few floats they had and I especially liked the dragon dancers. Next year, Jerry and I are going to try to get to China Town in Los Angeles as there is a huge celebration there and we would even be able to walk in the parade!

PS~ You'll notice Gracie's cast is still on. That's because the Dr. wanted some more bone to grow before he took it. Gracie will get her cast off tomorrow. Yay!!!!

Ready for the parade

This area is known as "Little Saigon". They have almost all of the things that you could buy in China and Vietnam, minus the tiger paws!

Gracie was enthralled with this little girl's balloon and kept trying to touch it

The parade goers are holding the Vietnamese flag

Here comes the dragon!

We were told that if you touch the dragon, you will have good luck throughout the year. To entice the dragon over, people would hold out money and feed it through it's mouth.

Not quite sure what to think of the dragon but she ended up liking it

Instead of "Where's Waldo?", where's Gracie?!


Jay, Angela & Laney said...

The parade looks fun! I'm a "rat" too. Which is kind of funny, considering I am HORRIFIED of rodents!

Glad that Gracie gets her cast off tomorrow!

Mega Mom said...

That looks great! I wish we had a parade here. I can't wait to get to Chinatown. A week and a half!