chinese new year of black water dragon

chinese new year parade in donwtown L.A. It was much smaller than the parade in sydney usally. also less costuemes like in downtown.
i took the picture with sony nex 5 and 35mm F1.7 slr magic lens. this 40 bucks less gives the pictures a kind of a Retro-Flair, which i like.
this little lens gives back a lot contrast in it images rendersm which quite surprise me. the lens can be very sharp if stop down, but wnats this? i bough this lens to get dreamy look with aperture wide open. the result i get with F2 which gives a creamy/dreamy look and still sharp enough at the center.

(for one picture i did not used 35mm, guess which one)