The Chinese New Year is the most celebrated holiday of the year for approx. 1.5 million Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese people in Southern California. The date of this annual holiday is determined by the Lunar calendar. If you happen to be visiting Los Angeles during the month of January, be sure to check the date of the current year’s Golden Dragon Lunar New Year Parade which takes place downtown in Chinatown. CLICK HERE to read about my experience attending the annual event – its always a great time!
The Lunar New Year is a cultural tradition when ancestors are fondly remembered, and families give thanks for their blessings. Red packets of money are given, families feast on special New Year’s delicacies to promote fortune and health, and firecrackers add to the fun and excitement. The history of the Golden Dragon Parade dates back to the early 1900s when it was not for Lunar new year, nor was it organized by Chinese people. It was called La Fiesta de Los Angeles and it was a way for the city to advertise itself as a land of progress and bounty.
After a hiatus due to Covid restrictions, the in-person parade is back with live performances from the Immortal Lion Dance Team, East Wind Foundation for Youth and Lion Dance, marching bands, dance troupes, music groups, and participation of government dignitaries, local business leaders, cultural groups, and much more. The parade is a rich and diverse experience for all ages and ethnicities across Los Angeles and is supported in part by the District of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles.
The parade usually starts at the intersection of Hill and Ord Streets with vendors, entertainment stages surrounding the area. However be sure to check the website. Be sure to check the website, as this may change. http://www.lachinesechamber.org