Lunar New Year Starts With a Bang

After many years of putting it off or just plain forgetting, I was reminded of how badly I wanted to shoot Chinatown’s Lunar New Year parade when a friend asked me a few weeks ago if I was planning on going. Despite the scheduling conflicts that come with having a 10-month-old at home, I am very glad I finally made it down. I am not very glad that I did not think to bring earplugs.

If you’ve never been, imagine this: a crush of people wading through shredded red paper and cabbage as the staccato of long strands of firecrackers exploding echoes constantly while two-person lion costumes dance through the streets of Chinatown. It’s a colorful, exciting, cramped, and a very, very loud experience. Top it off with a big bowl of noodles, and you’ve got the makings of a photographer’s perfect day.

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Dominic Mercier is a freelance writer, photographer, and graphic designer and Philadelphia native. He is a 2001 graduate of Temple University, where he majored in journalism. He is the former managing editor of Montgomery Newspapers and press officer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He currently serves as the communications director for the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. More of his photographic work can be seen here

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