|The main parade on Avenue de Choisy|
Last Sunday two friends and I went along to the Chinese New Year celebrations in the 13th arrondissement as it becomes the Year of the Rabbit. Starting in the afternoon, there were parades, dances and general noise-making around Place d'Italie, Avenue de Choisy and the other streets that make up one of Paris's Asian districts.
At Place d'Italie you knew straight away that you were in the right place: there were decorations hanging from the streetlights and the appetising smell of Chinese food was in the air. There were so many people lining the streets that it took a while to meet up with my friends.
By the time we had met it had become pleasantly noisy. There were lots of people chattering, vendors selling things, drums and the periodic boom of a loud firecracker. As well as the main parade there were smaller groups doing their own thing, such as these guys:
After wandering around for a bit we decided to go to Tang Frères, the biggest Chinese supermarket in town to have a look at what was on offer, which was predictably rammed with people. We ate and by that time the parade had begun to wind down.
I took home some food from a Chinese café including a chocolate roll (which has since been devoured) and Lychee, a tasty grape-like fruit. A plus.