Lunar New Year Warriors

Lunar Year parade takes place on George St some weeks before Mardi Gras. It is like the family version of it and I wish it gets more publicity. No matter, the crowd was pretty large. George St is the biggest street in the Sydney CBD (Central Business District). So it pretty much shut off the whole city from Town Hall all the way to Central Station. Just as well it was on a Sunday night.

It starts at 8pm, which means just after sundown during this time of the year. Just before the official start, this Korean group pumped and roared their way up to the starting line. I do not know of the name of the cultural event they put on, but I think they were the highlight of the night.

CNY Warriors

The warrior raved and roused the crowd with his mock battle cries and pompous stance. He was carried on a human rampart. Only later did I realise there was an opponent at the other end of the street. As they clashed, the ramparts raised up and both of them growled and gnarled. They jousted and battled for three rounds to great applause of the crowd. Fantastic show. I hope they come back next year.

CNY Warriors-2

I wouldn’t want to be one of the rampart supporters. They would have had to carry the warrior about 3 kilometres. You can see the strains in their eyes and they were not even half way at this point. At least, it was not uphill like the start.

CNY Warriors-3


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