Come Celebrate With the 80th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade

Get in the festive spirit this Sunday, November 27th, at the 80th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. The parade benefits Marine Toys for Tots and features Marie Osmond as the Grand Marshall. As always, the parade is free to attend! There’s always sure to be colorful floats, balloons, marching bands, and of course, celebrities.

The parade starts at 6 P.M., but be sure to arrive early! This exciting Hollywood tradition will travel on a U-shaped route starting at Orange Street and Hollywood Boulevard, traveling East onto Hollywood Boulevard turning South onto Vine Street, and then traveling West onto Sunset Boulevard back to Orange Street.

Free Golden Dragon Parade Celebrates 2011 Chinese New Year in L.A.

Free L.A. Golden Dragon Parade

Scare off bad karma for free!

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at the free 2011 Golden Dragon Parade Saturday Feb. 5 and Chinese New Year Festival in Los Angeles, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 5 – Feb. 6.

One of oldest Lunar New Year parades in the U.S., the Golden Dragon Parade at 1pm Saturday helps scare off evil spirits in the new year. Populated with the colorful Chinese dragons that weave through the parade route and manned by up to 20 performers, the dragons keep bad karma away.

Listen for the pop, pop, pop of 10,000 Chinese firecrackers! Also stepping off for the parade down Broadway are marching bands, Chinese acrobats, Miss LA Chinatown Queen and her court, elaborate floats and civic groups. Entertaining LA spectators for 112 years, the parade attracts about 110,000 onlookers.

Find free fun at the Chinese New Year festivities both Saturday 11am to 8pm and Sunday 11am to 6pm at the Central Plaza on North Broadway and the West Plaza on North Hill. Cultural performances, artisan demonstrations such as candy sculptors, ping pong tournaments. Need food? It’s not free, but the popular L.A. food trucks will be at the Central Plaza.

Parking is tough. Best bet is to park elsewhere and take the Metro Gold Line to L.A. Chinatown.

Free Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year’s Festival in L.A.

free golden dragon parade los angeles

Gung Hay Fat Choy! or Happy New Year! Celebrate the Year of the Tiger at the Free 2010 Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival in Los Angeles, Feb. 20 – 21.

Scare off evil spirits at one of oldest Lunar New Year parades in the U.S. The Golden Dragon Parade at 1pm Saturday is festival’s major highlight, populated with the colorful Chinese dragons that weave through the parade route. Sometimes manned by up to 20 performers, the dragons keep bad karma away.

Listen for the pop, pop, pop of 10,000 Chinese firecrackers! Also stepping off for the parade down Broadway are marching bands, Chinese acrobats, Miss LA Chinatown Queen and her court, elaborate floats and civic groups. Entertaining LA spectators for 111+ years, the parade attracts about 110,000 onlookers.

Parking is tough. Best bet is to park elsewhere and take the Metro Gold Line to Chinatown.

Pasadena’s FREE Rose Parade Shines New Year’s Day

Rose Parade Pasadena

Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Parade, dubbed the “Mother of All Parades, marches at 8am Friday, January 1, 2010. It’s one of biggest annual free things to do in the Los Angeles area!

Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, the heroic airline pilot that glided his jet to safety on the Hudson River, is grand marshal of the 121st parade where elaborate floats — no pun intended — are all decorated with flowers and other floral materials. The 2-hour parade of marching bands, high-stepping equestrians and other paraders, promenades down a 5.5-mile route from the corner of Ellis St. and Orange Grove Blvd. north on Orange Grove then east onto Colorado Blvd where the majority of the parade takes place. At the end of the route, the parade turns north onto Sierra Madre Blvd and ends at Sierra Madre and Villa St.

Curbside viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis. Pasadena city ordinance allows the occupancy of curbside space along the parade route beginning at noon Dec. 31 and many folks make a tradition of camping out the night before the parade.

Grandstand tickets are available through Sharp Seating Company, 626.795.4171 but who needs them when you can see the parade for FREE? We recommend finding a spot at the end of the parade route where it will be easier to grab a curbside view.

Need more info? The toll-free hot line for the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game: 877-793-9911