One of the fun events every year in Taipei is the Dream Parade, put on by Taiwan’s Dream Community. Clearly influenced by such worldwide festivals as Brazil’s Carnival, New Orleans’ Mardi Gras and the Western US Burning Man extravaganza. About 60 groups marched, some in traditional costume and some just in whatever their imagination could come up with. So much color, dancing, music and creativity that it would be hard for anyone not to enjoy. The only downside is that they don’t get the word out as well as they should, meaning not as many were out on the streets as the event deserves. Nonetheless, lots of fun. Here are some images; I’ll let you make up your own captions.
October 10th is celebrated (by some) as Taiwan’s National Day, as it coincides with the founding of the Republic of China. Every year, there are big events out front of the Presidential Building. Two days prior to that, what amounts to a dress rehearsal is held in the same location. For the second year in a row, we had tickets for the event. For the most part, it was a family event for me, but I did bring my camera and captured quite a few images as well. Here are some of them.
As with such celebrations everywhere, military bands and music were front and center.
Other than the military rituals, performers ranging from elementary schools to universities performed. I have to say that this year, these performances really seemed to be a step up from last year.
This takes a lot of strength and balance by both the guys involved.
I loved both the colors and the grace of the performers here.
What was interesting is how the performers had to rush into place, do their moves as gracefully as possible and then make way for the next performers very quickly.
What I didn’t show as well as I should, is that she is being held aloft at head height, balanced on just one foot.
The marching soldiers are always eye catching and impressive.
I believe the white uniforms mean these are Naval representatives.rms
These guys sort of acted as interstitials between some of the dancers.
Any time long, billowy scarves are part of a performance, I am happy.
Ceremonial Army Guards, single file.
The bayonets are menacing and the guns are beautifully polished; I wonder though if they have ever fired a shot.
I admit it, I love the shiny, reflective Army helmets.