Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Get Your Drag-on! Gong Hay Fat Choy

Celebrate the Year of the Ox in Uptown this weekend: Saturday, January 31, noon - 1 p.m.

From Metromix: "Annual celebration of the Lunar Chinese New Year starts with traditional dragon and lion dances and Kung Fu demonstrations. Floats and bands proceed through the neighborhood from Argyle Street to Sheridan Road, south to Lawrence Avenue and north on Broadway to Argyle Street." In past years, the parade has started at the el station on Argyle.


  1. Gung Hay Fat Choy means "Best wishes and Congratulations. Have a prosperous and good year."

  2. What, CREW isn't hosting a tie-in event featuring men dressed up in Chinese drag? Bummer!

  3. billyjoe...
    Your obsession with all things gay is not healthy.

  4. Sorry. I guess I should have written " . . . dressed up as Chinese dragons."

  5. I think in China, Gong Hay Fat Choy (or Gong Xi Fa Cai in Mandarin) is more commonly used by business people, since "Fa Cai" literally means "get rich" or "make a fortune."

    More commonly among family and friends in Mandarin-speaking areas of China, you say "Xin Nian Kuai Le" (first word pronounced "shin") which more literally means "Happy New Year." You will get mad props from Mandarin speakers if you pull that one on them ;)

  6. "What, CREW isn't hosting a tie-in event featuring men dressed up in Chinese drag? Bummer!"

    billiejoe, you're a genius! I've been wracking my brain to figure out what should go into the retail space at the Triange Building and I've finally figured it out.

    Lucky Chengs - A gay Chinese restaurant chain. The waitresses there are guys in Geisha drag and they perform comedy drag shows once an hour. It's kind of like Kit Kat meets Ed Debevecs.

    Just sent them an e-mail to let them know about this Chicago location.

    Thanks again billiejoe!

  7. "What, CREW isn't hosting a tie-in event featuring men dressed up in Chinese drag? Bummer!"

    No, billiejoe, but Wild(e) Pug is:

    Wild Pug Chinese Drag Event

  8. Jenjen,

    Thanks for the tip, very interesting.

    Zesty and BJ: Very funny.

  9. Yeah, I click that link that Zesty provided, and, sure enough, on the Pug site is a section featuring photos of men dressing up as women, albeit for a totally different occasion.

  10. It would appear as though they had to shorten the parade. It only went as far south as Ainslie, not Lawrence. It was a smaller parade than I thought, but it was certainly a nice sunny day to have one.