The Chinese New Year in Los Angeles is definitely a time of celebration, especially for residents of the city's Chinatown district. This district, should you be wondering, is located to the near north of the downtown district and south of Dodger Stadium. North Broadway runs right through it, and every year, this avenue serves as the route for the renowned Golden Dragon Parade. This parade is the highlight of the Chinese New Year in Los Angeles. More than 100,000 people line the parade route and watch a most dazzling display.
The Golden Dragon Parade that takes place during the Chinese New Year in Los Angeles got its start in the mid-1980s, and it has only been growing in popularity since that time. Colorful floats glide down North Broadway in Chinatown, and you can also expect to see plenty of colorful entertainers passing by. Various dignitaries and officials also join the procession, as do marching bands, local businesspeople, and other groups. The parade actually kicks off two days of festivities, and during these two days, you can treat yourself to plenty of exciting live performances, not to mention plenty of good Chinese food.
People of Chinese descent aren't the only ones that celebrate the Chinese New Year. Koreans and Vietnamese people do as well. Southern California counts more than 1 million residents who are of Chinese, Korean, or Vietnamese descent, so you can imagine that the 2016 Chinese New Year festivities are both exciting and varied. The Union of Vietnamese Student Associations, for example, puts on the annual Tet Festival in Garden Grove. Dragon dancers dazzle the crowds, and festival attendees can also enjoy other live entertainment. Food booths stand next to cultural booths, and you can even ride a few rides.
As a side note, anyone who is interested in celebrating the Chinese New Year in Los Angeles will need to arrive in the city sometime between late January and mid-February. Since the Chinese New Year is based on both the solar and lunar calendars, the annual dates for the celebrations that are held across the world vary, unlike the solar calendar New Years celebrations on December 31.