Off the Beaten Path: Giddy Up 2014

January 30, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Confetti shooters are available at most storefronts.

With the Chinese Lunar New Year just around the corner, there are benefits to living in a major metropolis. Chinese immigrants made their home here prior to statehood and, as native Californians, have established and influenced everything from politics to industry and many points in between. 

So each winter when Festival season rolls around, there's a bounty of local events and opportunities promoting traditional Chinese and modern Chinese - Angeleno culture where everyone's invited down to party and eat. Chinatown is within walking distance of the Union Station subway, bus, and train hub and on parade day it can seem like all of LA has suddenly discovered mass transit.

Dragon Dance performers woo crowd at New Years parade

If you're allergic to firecrackers, confetti, marching bands, and city politicians, try the nearby Thien Hau Temple. With a more subdued atmosphere, incense and flowers are available to complement a quick offer of thanks (or supplication) on bended knee. 

Thien Hau Temple, Los Angeles

But if floating dragons and beauty queens are more your speed, stake out your place along Broadway and enjoy the unique experience that is multicultural Los Angeles. In coming years I hope to say 恭禧发财 (Gong Hey Fat Choy or Gong Xi Fa Cai) in Hong Kong or Shanghai. In the meantime, I'll welcome the Green Wood Horse in my own backyard. 

Performers along Broadway in Los Angeles' Chinese Lunar New Year Parade Performers along Broadway in Los Angeles' Chinese Lunar New Year Parade Performers along Broadway in Los Angeles' Chinese Lunar New Year Parade


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