Gung hei fat choi! (early)

Last weekend was the second annual Bainbridge Island Chinese New Year celebration, sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Chinese Connection. Last year, I went alone (the girls had the flu) and shot some pictures in the rain. This year, the whole family went, it was sunny, and I shot pictures on behalf of the BI Chinese Connection. It turns out the my Flickr set from last year (and scarily enough, this year, already!) are the top hit for the search term “Bainbridge Island Chinese New Year”. Earlier this year one of the organizers discovered this, tracked me down and asked me to shoot for them this year. I was only too happy to oblige. In addition to the Lion Dance and parade which happened last year, this year there was also a collection of traditional Chinese performances on the eve of the celebration. Here are a few of my favorites from this year’s set.

Fire dance

Chinese Opera: "Sword Dance from Farewell my Concubine"

Bainbridge Island Chinese New Year: Cultural Booths

Bainbridge Island Chinese New Year: Cultural Booths

Bainbridge Island Chinese New Year 2007: Lion Dance

Bainbridge Island Chinese New Year 2007: Parade

In keeping with her recent video efforts, Julie also put up some video of the various events.

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