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Lights, Cameras, Dragons.

11 January 2018 Written by   Jeff Shotwell Published in blog
Lights, Cameras, Dragons. Copyright: talitanicolielo / 123RF Stock Photo

Festivals are a tradition as old as tradition itself, and as they have done for thousands of years they continue to draw large throngs of people with excitement, community, and history. One of the oldest festivals in Los Angeles is the Golden Dragon Parade, celebrating 119 years on February 17th. This parade will draw 100,000 people into the streets of Chinatown as it has for years, with of course the namesake parade being the centerpiece of the festivities.

The Golden Dragon Parade is the crown jewel of the rich West Coast Asian-American culture. The parade began to grow and become more recognized, especially after Bruce Lee was the Grand Marshal of the parade one year in the early 1970s. The parade began to pick up steam in the 1980s to include dozens of floats, massive marching bands, local officials and dignitaries, and of course celebrities. As the floats make their way down North Broadway, it isn't hard to envision the crowds as they grew year after year along the streets. From the humble beginnings of migrants celebrating their home traditions, to the massive and beautiful spectacle it is today. The joy of elderly people who have gone every year for the past seventy, or eighty years says it all, you are witnessing another passing year of rich history and culture.

One of the key aspects of the human experience is to feel a connection with others, to feel the sheer wonder of being a part of something much bigger than yourself. That feeling can often be hard to achieve, but for one day a year you can find that wonder on the streets of Los Angeles Chinatown, as you have been able to every year for the past 118 years. Don't make your trip to Los Angeles just another vacation, come experiencesomething unlike anything else the world can offer, come be a part of 119 years of tradition.

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