Liverpool Celebrates Chinese New Year

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Banksy’s Rat (now unprotected) overlooks the Year of the Rat celebrations.

A bit misty today and cold but otherwise a good day for a lengthy street parade and that’s what you get with the lion and dragon dance around Liverpool’s Chinatown. The New Year celebrations get bigger and longer each year even as Chinatown itself seems to get smaller.

As well as the stalls selling the usual oriental items and basic noodles, the whole Sunday market gang where lined up along Great George St. with Tai Chi demonstrations on the 08 stage.

Also St Luke’s (bombed out) Church was open and full of percussive items for kids to bang on courtesy of Urban Strawberry Lunch.

Happy Chinese New Year 2008 everybody.

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