In ancient times the dragon was a symbol reserved for the Chinese emperor.
The New Year festivities continue for fifteen days.
In Chinese culture the dragon is a positive symbol standing for power, strength and good luck.
The year of the water dragon only occurs every 60 years. You can see more of the smoke from the fire crackers that they throw on the street.
In the Chinese zodiac the dragon is the fifth sign and the only one which is a mythical creature.
There are lots of preparations for the New Years celebrations, the house has to be cleaned before the start or all your luck goes out the door.
Doors and windows can be painted red as red keeps evil away. I found the best shots were at the end of the parade when the crowd wandered off and I was the only crazy paparazzi chasing them.
The dragon will suppress wrong doers it is believed.
In our local parade we had both the white dragon and the black one. There were many children participating and it must have been so exciting for them.
As they passed this art store I loved the colors in the background.
I hope you enjoyed the parade, our weather here on Vancouver Island has been very dark and gloomy so I had to recycle some of my past photos for this blog as we had heavy rain showers on the day of the parade.