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It took several days, but I finally found the time to walk through the Olympic Village. Funny, since I'm working there, but we've been busy and by the end of a shift, we're all exhausted, so it took a little extra encouragement to walk the length of it—which came in the form of a colorful parade pounding down the main street! Seemingly out of nowhere, this huge cavalcade of electrically colored dancers moved through the throngs of people, smiling and celebrating all the way.


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While there's probably relevance to every costume on show, the most recognizable were the costumes following the dress of the "Fuwa". These are the Olympic mascots, each representing a variety of elements, symbolisms, personalities and more including each color of the Olympic ring. (See the wiki link for a detailed explanation).



You can see in these photos the blue ones (water/prosperity/aquatic sports) and red (fire/Olympic flame/passion/ball sports). Apparently the artist Han Meilin has disowned the Fuwa, which is not the first I've heard of this. I also was told that the designer of the "birds nest" stadium has disowned it. Interesting what happens when art and the politics of a communist government controlled message collide.


Bèibei Fuwa costume


Jīngjing Fuwa costume


Huānhuan Fuwa costume


Politics aside, the parade, colors and people were beautiful.


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