There was plenty of fireworks and a whole lot of rainfall at today's Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade.
But the weather didn't seem to affect the turnout at today's Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade around the Millennium Gate, where the procession began at 11 a.m.
But the crowds were distinctly thinner than in past years in the 200 block of East Pender Street as the parade moved past Main Street.
It enabled many in this area to catch a good glimpse of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he waved at Vancouverites, repeatedly shouting "Gung Hay Fat Choy".
Trudeau was surrounded by hordes of federal Liberals and almost as many media cameras and police officers.
Trudeau wasn't the only politician there, of course. I spotted many others, including Vancouver East NDP MP Jenny Kwan, B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver, and Liberal MP Terry Beech.
But if you flip on the TV news tonight, you can be sure that Trudeau will be the one who captures the bulk of the coverage.