One of the first floats of the parade. What appears to be Chinese in traditional dress. Quite fitting.
Large crowds gather on the steps of St. Martins in the Fields church on Charing Cross road to watch the parade. A small DVCAM camera gains sentience and it's tripod carries it autonomously alongside the float.
More of the crowds watching proceedings. Looking at some of the faces, it appears to be a funeral. It definitely was not.
Just to remind people that this is a day of celebration, a woman unsheathes a sword to ram home the point. From this point on it's happy faces only.
Henglong. I'm sure there's a joke in there somewhere.
Metal poles of the world cowered in fear as their long talked about adversary finally revealed himself.
This metal pole was spared from complete destruction, as is tradition.
Here's where it seems to deviate slightly from the "Chinese" new year, into something a little bit more generic.
Yes, bow-tied horses were apparently huge in the Ming dynasty.
I, really, don't know what.... is Chinese about this. The outfits maybe?
Let's give them some credit for coming out on a mighty cold February day to dance to celebrate the year of the snake.
Drums. Loose connection but I'll allow it.
A Londoner watches on, wondering just what she is witnessing.
Somewhat confused now... I can't identify the flag, but it sure doesn't look Chinese. Any help is appreciated on this one.
Also intriguing, wasn't sure that ponchos were part of the national dress...
...or Pan flutes...
By this point I wasn't sure what I was taking photos of.
An eagle only added to the confusion. Clearly sponsored by Nike. Just Flew It.
A bright British touch on Chinese new year... Though no one wears such bright colours in winter. It's forbidden. Surely.
A tribute to the smelting workers employed en-masse during the Mao years? Or Tennis balls on sticks?
...just drumming in general maybe?
Here we go. Person with sticks is going to attempt to hit another person also carrying sticks.
Two caucasians fighting with swords. A common sight on the streets of London, although the Met really should have moved them on before the parade.
Okay now this is just getting silly. Morris dancing? On Chinese new year? Although we are near Soho...