The Paris Chinese Year pageant takes place every year. This year, the Chinese New Year was on February 5. Instead of focusing on the pageant itself I zoomed in on the dense crowd this time and I found that the best part of the show was there, behind the barrier tape. One of the onlookers didn’t like me that much and she cast me a very stern look.
Among the dense crowds one could also find moments of tenderness. The only difficulty was to zoom in through the throng.
A tiltshift of the crowd taken at arms’ length.
Les Olympiades, a Council Estate (social housing) development in the Southeast of Paris (13th district). This is the epicentre of the Chinese quarter of Paris. All towers are named after a City which housed the Olympic games hence its name.
When the “vivid” theme was announced – or rather as soon as I was able to discover it because yesterday I was busy working all day at the Paris School of Business, the 2015 Chinese New Year Pageant came to my mind. It’s only this year I managed to find some time to take photos at the pageant. Vivid definitely is the right term for it.
Bright and vivid colours like those of the European, French and Chinese and Vietnamese flags. All nationalities were present and that was a symbol too. These pictures were taken on February 22nd, a little more than a month after the dreadful events of early January.
The vivid colours on the waistcoat of this young gentleman are impressive. A lot of the young people in the pageant aren’t of Chinese origins. They are part of the Franco-Indochinese friendship association.
Even Prime Minister Valls (waving hand) and Home Office secretary (aka “Minister of the Interior”) Cazeneuve were present. As I said, this pageant was a symbol. The crowd was huge and I had to fight in order to catch a glimpse of those people.
Yet, the real show was there. With these young people all wearing bright coloured jackets and gowns.
This one like the camera, you can tell.
More vivid (and complementary) colours.
Dragons were vivid too.
And so were fishes.
Not everyone in the pageant was looking and smiling at the crowd.
Definitely not Chinese.
The crowd was part of the show too, with some of the people climbing the walls and buildings to take better pictures.
A stepladder could also do the job but this was a risky business in such a crowd. Brave man!
More vivid colours.
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Selected portraits from the Chinese New Year Pageant. Not all of the participants are Chinese nor Indochinese. There are indeed young men and women from all origins in that pageant. I must admit I like the one above best amongst the portraits I took on that day. February 2015.
Selfies are flavour of the month. Even at the Chinese New Year pageant in Paris and even though one should be looking and smiling at the crowd. Narcissism knows no boundaries. February 2015.
OK, admit it, this beats the hell out of the average W2 mews doesn’t it? Cité Verte (behind the ugly greeen gates), rue L. M. Nordmann. Paris 13. March 2014