We didn't know what to expect so looked up a few links before we went, these ones are good to read -http://www.paisleykungfu.com/Lion_Dance.html and http://emplion.com/lion_dance and there are many more informative websites on the matter.
The beating of a traditional drum, symbols and gongs marked the rhythm for a procession of flags and chinese lions to parade down 18th Street. The street was blocked for the competions for three days. Along with many other spectators we waited patiently for each lion to begin its dance.
There were around ten yellow metal posts set out in a line, with some stands slightly offset and at different heights between 5 and 10 feet tall. Each lion was formed of two guys, one controlling the head and front legs and the other the back legs (like a pantomime horse). Bounding up the podiums they performed an expressive and athletic dance, which was humorous, powerful and awe-inspiring. We were transfixed by the drums and the lion in perfect harmony. Lucky, we got some of the dance on video, snapped through the crowds, which we will try and share with you.
Dancing Lion Video
Chinese Lions preparing for the evening dances
18th Street is packed waiting for the dances to commence
Last year's champions open the show
Brings a whole new meaning to the term "pole dancing!"