Gung Hey Fat Choy!

Lion Dance Blur
Originally uploaded by Liz du Canada

I braved the rain to go to the New Year’s Parade in Chinatown today. It was worth it.

I tried repeatedly to get pictures of the guys underneath the lions’ heads. Every time they raised their arms, I could see the ripple of muscles and the grimaces of concentration as they channeled their energy into the dance. Whoever thinks dancing isn’t manly hasn’t seen a Lion Dancer really working.

I have a memory of sitting on my father’s shoulders, watching the dragon go past. He told me how hard they were working underneath the costume, and pointed out when the lead guy switched off with the next dancer in line. The head was too heavy to carry with much energy for long.

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