CHERRY BLOSSOMS #2

First
Like the Olympics, the cherry blossoms will go quickly, so better snap as many pictures of them as I can while they last.

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2009 ST-PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

It was a lousy day for a parade. It was cold, wet, snowy at times and the usually packed crowd was showing breaks on its “front line” even as the parade started rolling. About an hour into the parade, the opposite side of the street was pretty much empty, the paraders themselves barely having an audience to parade to.

The ambiance got rained out, but luckily, my “assistant” — my wife ;) — was there to hold the umbrella as I took some pictures.

Cheerful Medieval Gal #2
The rain and cold weather couldn’t put a damper on this young lady’s cheerful spirit

Korean Dancer #1
A Korean traditional dance

Fire Dept.
“Where is everybody?!” Most probably where it warm and dry…

Boxer
“Irish” Boxer with a wet T-Shirt

The Police
As usual, the police started off the parade

2008 SAINT PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Irish Clovers Flag
Luck of the Irish?  Those clovers don’t have four leaves! :p

This year’s Saint Paddy’s Day Parade was better than last year’s.  The highlights for me were the energetic Irish dance numbers — more plentyful than last year — and a strong Asian presence in traditional costumes which brought grace and beauty to the parade.  As far as improvements go, adding some music to the sports portion of the parade might make things a little livelier and, I can’t seem to figure out those bagpipes…  They all sound the same to me; I’ll try to listen more closely next year. ;)

The organization of the event was great.  No real delay and a very respectful crowd — thanks to the alert volunteers patrolling the event — made this a very enjoyable 90+ minutes of Celtic inspired fun.

Dance Steps
Celtic Dance

Graceful Asians
Simply divine beauty, elegance, and passion emanating from her

Irish Wolfhound
Irish Wolfhound

Pushing the Ambulance
Helping the one who usually helps others :)

Music Junkies
Celtic music


Falun Gong (or Falun Dafa) practicioners

Beautiful Asian
Pretty in pink