Saturday morning I drove down to Classen Avenue in NW OKC into the Asian District. I heard there were Chinese New Year celebrations. Actually I heard there was a Chinese Parade. I shot a Halloween Parade, so why not a Chinese Parade, whatever that might be?
I followed the cars and smoke to Super Cao Nguyen, at 2668 N Military. Smoke from the first round of firecrackers could be seen from Classen. The Super Cao Nguyen parking lot was full of both cars and people.
There really wasn’t a parade or maybe I just missed it. But there were many locations in the Asian District where crowds gathered to watch large strings of fireworks explode. I also learned you can get pretty close to the action if you want.
So I Twittered about getting a little too close to the fireworks. They really started faster than I expected. I’m smart like that. My Twitter account forwards to my Facebook account, where a friend from college who now lives in Taipei saw the update. Her response:
Hey Dave; here in Taipei we have this crazy Chinese fireworks show where anyone can put on motorcycle helmets and raincoats and what ever you want to wear, and then try to walk as close to the fireworks as you can.MAN those fireworks come at you like bullets and you have all these nutz walking around in the fireworks looking like aliens. Try getting that close to fireworks!
Here are two pics from the Chinatown Supermarket, 1228 NW 27th St. Notice the fireworks strung along the edge of the building. Click on the images for a larger version, you can see the fireworks.