Happy New Year!

(as always, click to enlarge photos)

While the lunar new year (of the dog!) doesn’t actually begin until this coming Friday, festivities were begun today in the International District. Your faithful Now & Then operative was there to record a few repeat photos, but got caught up in the fun…

Using his 21′ extension pole, Jean shot high above the crowd looking west towards the King Street station
Lion dancers about to parade through the streets. Firecrackers are crackling behind Jean’s back.
Minutes later, Mayor Jenny Durkan arrives to kick off the celebration. Her young, somewhat tentative companion helped feed the lions

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