Winter parade downtown NYC

New York City Chinatown Little Italy Christmas Parade

New York City Chinatown Little Italy Christmas Parade

Saturday was a really gorgeous winter’s day in New York (it felt like a South African winter day) and since I have a friend staying with me, we headed out for an afternoon of shooting…starting out at Union Sq, making our way down through then East Village, then down to Chinatown, over the Brooklyn Bridge and then to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. The whole Chinatown/Little Italy area downtown sometimes seems surreal – you walk down one street (Mott) and you feel like you’re in Asia; then step one street over to Mulberry and you’re surrounded by Italian restaurants. Anyway while we were there was a parade going on – with drummers, Santas, snowmen – and Chinese dragons. It was a lot of fun to watch especially since we had no idea it was going to be happening.

New York downtown parade

New York downtown parade

New York downtown parade

Dogs love Halloween (don’t they?)

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Having been in New York for just over two months I can safely say that you would really have to do something outrageous to be considered strange in this city. There is something for everyone here, I mean really. Take for instance this past weekend’s Halloween Dog Parade that took place just a few blocks from my house – sure it is held to raise funds for a good cause but it really is pretty bizarre.

Sometimes it was hard to tell whether the owner of the dog dressed to match their dog or if the do was just an excuse to spend all day dressed as Wonder Woman or the woman from 50 Shades of Grey. Also, some of the dogs looked downright uncomfortable and I felt really bad for them. There was a pug there dressed as Evita, inside this cardboard building structure and it looked like it couldn’t even move. There were also quite a few politically-themed dog outfits – «Mutt Romney» and a pair of Obama and Romney dogs together with their bodyguard owners.

There were also people who were very dressed up with no dogs in sight – or «dogless weirdos» as my dear friend Gwen called them.
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