Welcome the Year of the Snake in Chinatown!

Photo by Vpickering via Flickr

Photo by Vpickering via Flickr

Chinatown’s New Year celebration draws more than 125,000 people. Come celebrate from 12-8pm today and tomorrow, Feb 17 from 12-5 in Chinatown’s Central Plaza. There will be live music, performances, a craft beer garden, food trucks and cultural workshops. You can participate in breaking the world’s record for origami.

“The Year of the Snake is a significant year in Asian tradition: the Year of the Snake marks change, filled with contemplation, preparation and much reflection. The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in Asia as well as for Asian Americans living in the U.S.—especially in Los Angeles, which boasts one of the most diverse Asian populations in the nation.”

The 114th Annual Golden Dragon Parade. “Attendees can enjoy spectacular floats, decked-out cars, dancers and bands as they parade down the heart of Chinatown. This year’s Grand Marshals includes Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.”

The Chinese New Year Festival will be held at Central Plaza and West Plaza in LA Chinatown at 943-951 N. Broadway on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 12-8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17 from 12-5 p.m.  The 114th Annual Golden Dragon Parade is on Saturday, Feb. 16 beginning at 1 p.m. For more information on the Chinese New Year Festival visit www.chinatownla.com or call 213-680-0243.

“Always popular, the 2013 LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K run follows the Chinese New Year Festival weekend on February 23 – 24, 2013. Visit firecracker10k.org for more details.”

Elise Thompson

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Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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