Celebrate the Chinese New Year in China Town.
The actual day of the Chinese New Year was yesterday on Valentine's Day but the festival will be held this upcoming weekend on both Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 AM and running all day, but the 111th Annual Golden Dragon Parade is only on Saturday afternoon, 2-5 PM. Some day, I'd love to check out the Chinese New Year celebration in China, but it's a much more affordable (AKA cheap date) to partake in the festivities in China Town of Los Angeles. Think of it as a cultural date idea, something more creative than a movie-and-dinner date (like Cheap Date Idea #101).
This might be obvious, but you don't have to be Chinese to celebrate, although the crowd will predominantly be Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese. Over 110,000 individuals are expected to be lined up for the parade, so make sure to get there early for parking and claim your spot along Cesar Chavez and Broadway. Click HERE for a downloadable map and more info. Taking public transportation may be worth considering. We might make the trek this year, so maybe we'll see you there! Except the weather bunny is expecting some rain this weekend, which would put a damper on a parade... Stay tuned for a weather update closer to the weekend.
UPDATE 02/18/10: The weather bunny changed it's mind, no rain is expected until Tuesday, so come out and play this weekend in LA!
UPDATE 02/19/10: Rain is expected to start tonight and end by noon tomorrow, just in time for the parade. Have fun!
Approximate cost of creative date idea = Free.
Actual value of the cheap date idea = Priceless.
Kiss & Tell Date Idea by @EyeSpyLA