Thousands of people braved the rain to take in the annual Chinese New Year Parade in Vancouver's Chinatown.
Also in attendance were dozens of politicians hoping the Year of the Rabbit will bring them luck in the B.C. Liberal and NDP leadership contests, this fall's civic elections, or the looming federal election.
The Straight spotted Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff; federal minister of citizenship, immigration, and multiculturalism Jason Kenney; B.C. NDP interim leader Dawn Black; B.C. Liberal leadership candidates George Abbott, Mike de Jong, Kevin Falcon, and Moira Stilwell; B.C. NDP leadership hopeful Adrian Dix; Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson; and others working the crowd.
Politicians handed out lai see (sans lucky money) and wished voters lining the parade route "Gung hay fat choy."
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