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Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Los Angeles

The Golden Dragon Parade in Chinatown.
The Golden Dragon Parade in Chinatown.

Gung hay fat choi! Happy Chinese New Year! If you’re wondering how to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit in the City of Angels, it’s easy. A few ideas:

Head down to Chinatown this weekend for the Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival. Activities, food and events take place around the Central and West Plazas, near North Broadway and North Hill streets, from 11am to 6pm Saturday and 11am to 5pm Sunday. The parade is Saturday at 1pm and begins near Hill Street and Temple. Bright colors, great food, arts and crafts, and that big, twisting, dancing dragon make it worth the trip. Take the Metro.

Not quite ready to run a 5K? 10K? Don’t worry. You’ve still got eight days to train. The Firecracker 5/10K begins in the heart of Chinatown next Sunday, February 13th, heads toward Dodger Stadium and loops back around. It’s a challenging course but a great and healthy way to ring in the Year of the Rabbit. A very long, very loud firecracker, dancing as it explodes, kicks off the run. Don’t forget to stretch.

The event-filled Lantern Festival finishes out the New Year celebrations on Saturday, March 5th, at the Chinese American Museum. Workshops for the kids include origami, kite making, and Chinese calligraphy. Entertainment includes Chinese folk dancers, acrobats and martial artists as the beautiful Lantern Parade finishes out the day. It all takes place in Monterey Park near downtown.

You could also make your own Chinese egg roll and finish off the meal reading your fortune cookies aloud. And, of course, there’s always take-out.

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  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    I'd like to offer corrections regarding the Lantern Festival at the Chinese American Museum.

    1) the day does not end with a Lantern Parade, it ends with a Silver Dragon Parade as featured here on the website:

    2) It does not take "place in Monterey Park near downtown." The Museum and the Festival take place in downtown at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, directly across from Union Station.

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