Celebrate Lunar New Year Around Los Angeles

By EGP News Report

Petting a lion is thought to bring good luck. (EGP photo by Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Chou)

Year of the Dragon Lunar New Year celebrations will be in full swing this weekend, with festivities going on in Los Angeles Chinatown and in Monterey Park.

The Chinese New Year Festival in Chinatown will happen this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28-29 beginning at noon at the Central Plaza & West Plaza (943-951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA). On Saturday, the festival runs 12pm-8pm, and on Sunday, it runs from 12pm-5pm.

The festivities will include the 113th Annual Golden Dragon Parade, on Saturday from 1pm-4pm, starting at Hill and Ord Streets, and ending at Broadway and Cesar Chavez. There will be artisan tables, storytelling, cupcake giveaways, and food trucks. METROLINK is offering a $10 weekend pass.

Monterey Park will hold a street festival to celebrate the Lunar New Year on Saturday and Sunday, from 9:30am-5:00pm. Over a hundred booths will be set up along Garvey Avenue between Garfield and Nicholson Avenues, featuring food and business vendors. The opening ceremony will occur at 11am and feature firecrackers, traditional Chinese lion dancing, and a dragon dance. Entertainment throughout the weekend will include folk music, dancing, and martial arts performances; as well as a carousel.

See related: Dragon Year Ushers In Hope For Tomorrow

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January 27, 2012  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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