Downtown Los Angeles is the central hub of a city of many cultures. One of these cultures will be celebrating the coming of the New Year this upcoming month. Come celebrate Chinese New Year at the Golden Dragon Parade and New Year Festival in Chinatown, and get the New Year started right with the many festivals of the Firecracker 2013 the next weekend. You can bike ride, run and party the weekends away at these two celebrations!
The fun starts with the Chinese New Year Festival, starting at 10am in Chinatown. The tradition has been celebrated for over 100 years in Los Angeles. 2013 marks the 114th year of the parade. With thousands of people lining the parade route and viewing the telecast each year, this celebration along North Broadway is one of the most popular in the Southern California Asian-American community. The parade includes almost two dozen floats, multiple marching bands, government officials, various dignitaries, entertainers, local business leaders and cultural groups. In the 1970s, actor and martial arts master Bruce Lee was the Grand Marshall of the parade. Other Grand Marshalls have included David Carradine and Keye Luke from television series “Kung Fu,” Hugh Hefner of Playboy Magazine, Lindsay Wagner from “Bionic Woman” and Kieu Chinh from “Joy Luck Club.” Grand stand tickets are available from $28-$32. The parade starts at 1pm on February 16 and runs on Hill Street at Temple toward Bernard. The parade route will follow Bernard to Broadway and back to Temple.
You can continue the celebration February 23-24 at the Nite and Day Festival, held in conjunction with the Firecracker 5K/10K Run! There will be Chinese music ensembles, Korean performance troupes, Vietnamese folk dance, Japanese taiko drummers, lion dancers, Latin Jazz, funk and soul bands. The festival is free and takes place in Chinatown’s Central Plaza. You can also check out the Health and Fitness Festival where a variety of health and fitness products and information and community organizations will be hold display booths.
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Dates: February 16-17, 23-24
715 N. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012