Happy Year of the Ram to you! (The lucky numbers for this year are 3,4,9.)
The Chinese New Year parade, as always, was colorful and very local, unlike the Rose Parade in Pasadena which has a much more commercial/international flavor.
Neighborhood middle schools and, of course, high schools from the San Gabriel Valley–the true heart of the Chinese community in Los Angeles–marched and played with enthusiasm. There was even a big marching band from Banning and a Jazz band and Second line representing New Orleans. And, of course, there were carloads of politicians. Interestingly enough, the new Los Angeles County sheriff, Bill McDonnell, walked the entire route. Charlie Beck, the head of LAPD, road in a black and white police convertible.
Here are some photos of the parade. Tomorrow I’ll post photos of what was happening off the parade route and in the back alleys. The people at parades are always interesting.