A relatively new, but very fun event in Taipei is the Dream Parade. It is kind of hard to describe the Dream Parade exactly, I think it is safe to say there are elements of Carnival/Mardi Gras, irreverence, aboriginal and modern dancers, kids, adults and lots of exposed skin in a family friendly environment. It is very much an everyone is welcome event and something I would highly recommend to anyone. Lots of good fun for photographers too.
One thing that I have never quite understood about Taiwan is the 10/10 holiday, the so called “National Day”. The first reason for not understanding is that what October Tenth celebrates is not so much an even that happened in Taiwan, but in China. 10/10 basically celebrates the end of the dynastic rule in China and the formation of the Republic of China. Of course, this is a hot button issue, but let’s be honest, the biggest celebration for a country should at least commemorate something that took place in the country celebrating. Confusing to me anyways.
The next bit that I really don’t understand is why this big public celebration is basically a private event. Go anywhere near the Presidential Building in Taipei on October 10th and…well, you can’t. You will be met with barbed wire, police and barriers: The event is VIP only. The big celebrations are hard to get into, but a small consolation is that two days earlier there is basically a dress rehearsal, minus the speeches and dignitaries. This is open to all; but I was even more fortunate in that my wife actually got us some VIP tickets in the bleachers. Even without the dignitaries, the full dress military guards and musicians make for a pretty impressive display. Mostly, this was a family trip, but I did bring my camera and got some shots. Here They are.