We cordially invite you, your friends and family to march with API Equality-LA in the 113th Annual Golden Dragon Parade to celebrate the Lunar New Year! Join us as we welcome the Year of the Dragon and provide an LGBT presence at Chinatown’s largest celebration! As the only LGBT contingent in the Golden Dragon Parade, we will march together to show that our movement for equality and the fair treatment for LGBT individuals is stronger than ever.
Assemble at 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Meet at the courtyard at 12:00 p.m. at the Hall of Records – 320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA [Map]. The courtyard is located on Hill St., just south of Temple St. We will provide sandwiches and drinks, though quantities are limited! Come early!
If you arrive after 12:45 p.m. then proceed directly to the staging area on Hill St. between Temple St. and Cesar E. Chavez Bl. and ask for the API Equality-LA unit or look for our red t-shirts.
Public parking is available for a fee at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, located at 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles [Map]. Other commercial parking lots are also available near City Hall, Olvera Street, and Little Tokyo. Persons taking the Metro Red Line should exit at the Civic Center station and walk a half block up to the courtyard between the Hall of Administration and Los Angeles Superior Court. DO NOT exit at the Chinatown Station because that is the end of the parade route!
This year’s parade unit will feature two same-sex couples walking in front of a sign of the Chinese character, “double happiness,” which is used in traditional Chinese weddings. Our unit will also feature the six colors of the rainbow flag, representing LGBT pride and diversity. Paraders will be provided with banners, flags, streamers, and handheld drum noisemakers to carry in a colorful display of diversity, inclusion, and equality for all members of the Asian Pacific American community.
Community-based organizations are highly encouraged to bring your own organizational banners to march with in the parade and demonstrate your group’s support for the cause.
If you’ve participated with us in parades or other outreach before, please remember to come wearing your red API Equality-LA t-shirt. If you are joining us for the first time, we will be pleased to provide you with a free red API Equality-LA t-shirt to wear during the parade. We ask that you wear this shirt for the entire duration of the march for a consistent a presentation.
A short video clip from last year’s lunar new year parade via one of our institutional fiscal sponsors, Liberty Hill.
Post-Parade Annual Lunar New Year Banquet, 5:00 p.m.
Dine with us at CBS Seafood Restaurant (700 N Spring St. in Chinatown, Los Angeles – just walking distance from the parade route)! Cost is $25/person. For more information and to purchase your ticket, please click here. (Note: Time subject to change, based on when our parade end time.).
For general questions, please contact Brian Nguyen at (213) 580-1800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions on THE DAY OF the parade & banquet, please call Ericson Herbas (323) 217-3267.