By Maggie McKay, afternoon anchor
In case you missed last weekend’s Chinese Festival at the Hammer Museum, this weekend is the big parade in downtown L.A.’s Chinatown.
Saturday kicks off the Golden Dragon Parade which you MUST see once in your life. There will be a giant crowd so plan ahead, go early, have a little lunch, get some confetti poppers (they’re sold everywhere) and stake your claim on the sidewalk.
If you can’t make it Saturday, the party continues Sunday with more events.
Location: Central Plaza, 943-951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles.
Festival hours: Feb. 16 from 12-8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17 from 12-5 p.m.
The 114th Annual Golden Dragon Parade, with spectacular floats, decked-out cars, dancers and bands, is on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. with Grand Marshals Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.
The Chinese New Year Festival gets underway following the parade with cultural performances, children’s activities and hands-on cultural workshops for all ages. Additionally, there will be live music stage and new for 2013, a unique singing competition that can only be witnessed in Chinatown.
Nosh on traditional Chinese cuisine offered at many Chinatown restaurants, street food and non-traditional dishes offered by food vendors and some of LA’s hottest gourmet food trucks. There will also be a craft beer garden curated by Eagle Rock Brewery featuring local breweries pouring their favorite brews.
To find out more go to http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php