January 29, 2011

Oakland Chinatown Lunar New Year 2011

Instead of going to the farmers' market, we went to the Lunar New Year Bazaar in Oakland's Chinatown. A while back we went for a walk around downtown Oakland and stumbled upon a street bazaar/festival in Oakland Chinatown. We were hoping that this would be the same thing. It was and it wasn't: the crowds were the same, but it was much smaller, there wasn't any street food (super sad face), and we weren't able to see any of the performances--they were delayed because Mayor Jean Quan and Senator Barbara Lee were running really, really late. Nearly 25 minutes after the opening ceremonies were slotted to begin, Lunar New Year Bazaar organizers announced that the tardiness of these two dignitaries was the reason for the delay.

We were really looking forward to the singing, dancing and lion dance performances, but 45 minutes of playing musical chairs, getting jostled by old people and overwhelmed by the number of kids running around got to be too much. So we left without getting the opportunity to appreciate any cultural performances. But at least we got out of the house and went on a long walk...and I got some ok pictures of the bazaar.

Cherry blossoms in bloom.

We think they were telling jokes...

It's the year of the rabbit.

BLASTING Chinese tunes.

A bejeweled metallic moose knick-knack.

Oakland Chinatown.

A melancholy, yet apt, end to our outing.

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