Sunday, 4 March 2018

Chinese New Year Parade 2018

Year of the Dog 2018
Flying High.
An early start saw us reaching Charing Cross Road, in order to find a good vantage point from which to watch the parade. The majority of the route was already full of spectators, but we still managed to find suitable spot.

As always, with a parade on this scale, there was a delayed start, but it was soon underway and we found that we were had a pretty good view; On the kerb, with no one in front of us.

After the parade finished we headed through Chinatown, back through Leicester Square and down on to Trafalgar Square.

After taking in the atmosphere we headed off for some food, before heading home.
Brief History

The first London Chinatown sprang up in Limehouse, in the 1860s. It survived here until it was decimated by bombing, during the Second World War. By the 1950s Limehouse Chinatown had ceased to exist, having begun its move towards Soho and Gerrard Street.

London's first Chinese Parade, was held back in the late 1970s, and was decidedly small, compared to the behemoth that it has now become.

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