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Jan, 2016

Join us for the 2016 Lunar New Year Parade & Banquet In LA

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You are invited to march with API Equality-LA in the 117th Annual Golden Dragon Parade to celebrate the Lunar New Year! Join us as we welcome the Year of the Monkey 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 PM on Saturday, February 13, 2016. During the pre-parade assembly, we will provide limited quantities of sandwiches and bottled water, give instructions, and distribute shirts and parade materials, so please come early! The parade begins at 1:00 PM.


Courtyard of the Hall of Records, located at 320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA. The courtyard is located on Hill St., just south of Temple St. There is a ramp accessible to the courtyard.

If you arrive after 12:45 PM, 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 $8 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, located at 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, 90012, which a block away from our meeting location at the Hall of Records. Other commercial parking lots are also available near City Hall and Olivera Street.

Our meeting location is also easily accessible using the Metro Red Line. Exit at the Civic Center station and go half a block up Hill St. to the courtyard behind the Los Angeles County Hall of Records.


We ask that you wear API Equality-LA shirts for the entire duration of the parade for a uniform look and presentation of our unit. If you do not already have one, you may get one for a suggested donation of $5 at the parade meeting location. If you are coming with an organization or group, you are encouraged to bring your organizational banner and carry it during the parade.

Parade Details and Rules

The Golden Dragon Parade route is around 1.6 miles in total and the parade will take a total of two hours. We do not have cars or floats, but we welcome users of wheelchairs, scooters, and strollers as they are able. Water will be distributed throughout the parade within our contingent by our volunteers. The parade will go through Chinatown with line up starting on Hill Street and Temple Street. Then we go down Hill toward Bernard and turns right toward Broadway. The second half of the parade goes down Broadway and finishes under the dragon gates on Broadway and Cesar Chavez Ave. For your reference, the whole parade route, including our meeting location at the L.A. Hall of Records, is mapped on Google Maps here.

To preserve the celebratory nature of the parade, all units are subject to the parade rules set by the event organizers. We ask that you observe these rules at all times for the safety and well-being of all parade-goers. Please refrain from throwing or handing out any objects or literature to people along the parade route, carrying signs or wearing any clothing with a political message, engaging in any conduct that endangers the safety of parade-goers or casts a negative light on API Equality-LA or the event organizers. By marching with API Equality-LA, participants agree to observe the parade rules as requested by the event organizers and API Equality-LA’s parade committee.

For the health and safety of community members with chemical sensitivities, we ask that attendees come fragrance-free and avoid wearing scented products before coming to the parade. This includes perfume, deodorant, hairspray, etc. More details on chemical sensitivities here.

We recognize that not everyone is able to complete the whole parade. People are encouraged to join and leave the parade when they feel necessary. If you have accessibility concerns, please contact Andy Su at andy@apiequalityla.org or 213-580-1800.

Post-Parade Annual Lunar New Year Banquet

After the parade, you are also invited to join us at API Equality-LA’s annual post-parade Lunar New Year Banquet, which will be held at Ocean Seafood in Chinatown. Find more information and tickets here:


For general questions, please contact Andy Su at andy@apiequalityla.org | 213-580-1800

PLEASE RSVP HERE: https://goo.gl/arZqmB

Lunar New Year Banquet

Following the parade, join us as we cap off the day’s festivities with our Annual Lunar New Year Banquet!

Saturday, February 13

Ocean Seafood
750 N Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Banquet Menu
Sauteed Shrimp with Honey Glazed Walnuts
Beef Cubes with Black Pepper
Kung Pao Chicken**
Pan Fried String Bean (Mandarin Style)
Stir Fried Filet of Cod with Vegetable House Special Chow Mein
Dessert: Mango Pudding

Buy Tickets Here

Ticket Purchase Options on Brown Paper Tickets:

  • Non-Members: $35
    Current API Equality-LA Members receive a discounted entry
  • Current Members: $25
    Support API Equality-LA and get a discounted entry today!
  • Membership and Ticket Bundle: $55
  • Students, Seniors, and Low-Income individuals receive a special rate
    Student/Senior/Low-Income. Please contact us for those details.

*We also have an exclusive table for vegetarians with vegetarian courses. Please indicate any vegetarians or other dietary restrictions in your party during the ticket purchase process.

**Kung Pao Chicken may be substituted for another vegetarian dish.

Banquet Details and Accessibility

We have reserved a private room on the second floor of the restaurant. There are stairs and an elevator to access the second floor. On the second floor, there are no gender neutral bathrooms, but there are men’s and women’s communal bathrooms. If you are not comfortable going to the bathrooms alone, we will have volunteers available to go with you.

The restaurant is located in a plaza which has parking available. If you have parked elsewhere before the parade, make sure that parking is open after 7 PM to ensure you can reach your car after the banquet. If you parked in the Cathedral for the parade, the parking is open until 8 PM.

For the health and safety of community members with chemical sensitivities, we ask that attendees come fragrance-free and avoid wearing scented products before coming to the parade. This includes perfume, deoderant, hairspray, etc. More details available here: http://www.eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/fragrancefree.html

If you have accessibility concerns or questions about the banquet, please contact Andy Su at (213) 580-1800 or andy@apiequalityla.org.


All major credit cards will be accepted at the door in the unlikely event space is still available. No physical tickets will be issued.  Attendees must provide name at the door.

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Don’t get left out – buy your seat now to guarantee your place at the banquet!

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