Los Angeles’ biggest Lunar New Year celebration returns this Saturday to Chinatown. The Golden Dragon Parade, which has wowed Angelenos for 120 years, will once again make its way along North Broadway with almost two dozen floats, multiple marching bands and lion dancers more.
The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. and is free to attend, but attendees may want to bring an umbrella. There’s a 90 percent chance of rain on Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Although skies are expected to clear up just in time for the parade, more rain is expected later that day.
The day of the Lunar New Year is the most celebrated holiday of the year for nearly 1.5 million persons of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese descent in Southern California. The Golden Dragon Parade this year will emphasize ethnic diversity, Chinese culture and exposure to Chinese-American businesses, according to the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles, which organizes the event.
The route will begin on Hill Street at Temple Street and go toward Bernard Street. The parade will then turn right on Bernard Street, right onto North Broadway before making its way back to Temple Street.
The 110 Freeway exit on Hill Street will be closed between 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., with nearby streets also closed during that time. All streets around Hill Street and North Broadway between Bernard Street and Cesar Chavez Avenue will be closed between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.