Sunday, February 10, 2008

CNY Parade

The CNY Parade from Town Hall to Tumbalong Park via Chinatown is supposed to be one of the highlights of the CNY celebration, said to be the biggest outside of Asia. 2500 performers including 600 people and floats from China's Shaanxi province. The parade started at 11am. Since we got to the city a little late, we decided to head straight to Tumbalong Park and meet the parade half-way. No such luck. By the time we got there, the floats are already parked and being dismantled. The participants are out of their custom and simply milling about.

There's a bigger problem. All the restaurants and food courts in Chinatown are jampacked. We went to this hole-in-the-wall Japanese restaurant on the second level of a nondescript building. Even that one is full. Had to wait like 45 minutes before we got a table. The food is superb though; might come back next time. We went back to Tumbalong Park to catch the free concert. Too late - everybody is gone and the stage is already being dismantled. Oh, well.

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