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Two parades, two festivals and one major production at the Pasadena Civic AUDITORIUM usher in the Year of the Dragon
By Carl Kozlowski 01/27/2012
Each year, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Pasadena to celebrate the New Year by attending the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl college football game.
But for billions of other people around the planet, the New Year, the Lunar New Year, began Monday, with three spectacular events planned over the next two weekends to help celebrate the start of the Year of the Dragon, the mightiest sign in the 12-character Chinese zodiac.
First is the 113th Golden Dragon Parade in LA’s historic Chinatown, which kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday with more than 110,000 people expected to line up along the route in downtown Los Angeles. Along with floats, music and performers, the main attractions are the famed lion and dragon rigs that involve dozens of dancers helping to create jaw-dropping effects.
While the event is free to the public, those seeking grandstand tickets should make reservations early by calling the Chinese Chamber of Commerce office at (213) 617-0396. Reservations run from $28 per seat for groups of 20 or more to $32 per seat for pre-sales. Those who wait and buy their seats on-site will shell out $36 per ticket.
On Sunday, the Los Angeles Spring Show comes to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium with an extravagant collection of folk songs and dance numbers by some of the best performers with the Peking and Huangmei Operas. Tickets for this show are $40 to $168 and can be ordered either by calling (800) 745-3000 or by visiting thepasadenacivic.com.
Then, on Feb. 4, the San Gabriel Valley Annual Lunar New Year Parade & Festival returns to Valley Boulevard in Alhambra. The parade and festival are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The festival features more than 250 booths, an entertainment stage that includes a full-fledged fashion show, a cultural pavilion with numerous exhibits and a karaoke contest with prizes galore. This annual spectacular draws 50,000 people and provides plenty of free family fun.
The 113th Annual Golden Dragon Parade kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday at Temple Street and Hill Street, finishing at Broadway and Temple Street. Admission is free except for the aforementioned grandstand prices. Call (213) 617-0396 or visit lagoldendragonparade.com.
The Los Angeles Spring Show takes place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Tickets are $40 to $168. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit thepasadenacivic.com.
The San Gabriel Valley Annual Lunar New Year Parade & Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. next Saturday, Feb. 4, on Valley Boulevard, between Garfield Avenue and Almansor Street, Alhambra. Visit lunarnewyearparade.com.