Pig Out on Lunar New Year Celebrations

By Michael Berick

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California Adventure is hosting a colorful New Year’s party. PHOTO COURTESY DISNEYLAND RESORT

The Lunar New Year – 4717, the Year of the Pig – begins Feb. 5, so celebrations are beginning in late January.

The Three Little Pigs are part of the Lunar New Year Procession at California Adventure (disneyland.disney.go.com).This vibrant parade, led by Mulan and her dragon Mushu, includes Chinese dragon puppets, powerful drummers and graceful dancers. During the park’s Lunar New Year Celebration, which runs Jan. 25-Feb. 17, guests can catch Disney characters dressed up for the holiday, do themed activities and enjoy Asian food.

Monterey Park’s Lunar New Year Festival (montereypark.ca.gov/669/Lunar-New-Year-Festival) from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 26-27 is a free weekend of live entertainment, carnival rides, games and food. The traditional New Year’s parade, featuring lion and dragon dancers and firecrackers, kicks off the festivities Saturday morning.

The Asian American Expo (asianamericanexpo.com, $9/day children, $11/day adults) isn’t strictly a Lunar New Year event, but this celebration of Asian culture is timed to tie in with the holiday.

Boasting six large expositions, nine non-stop performing stages, the Anime Impluse cosplay and e-sports attraction and three food courts, the festival fills Pomona Fairplex from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 19-20.

The Arcadia Chinese New Year Festival (arcadiapaf.org, $5, free for ages 1 and under) from 3-5:30 p.m. Jan. 19 takes place in the Arcadia Performing Arts Center’s outdoor courtyard and promises music, dancing and food to appeal to the whole family.

Stay tuned for more celebrations next month, including the Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival (alhambralunarnewyear.com) and the 120th Golden Dragon Parade (lagoldendragonparade.com) in Chinatown, both happening Feb. 9.

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