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Golden Dragon Parade fetes the Lunar New Year and Chinese culture

Golden Dragon Parade fetes the Lunar New Year and Chinese culture

Multicolored dragons danced their way through Chinatown on Saturday as paradegoers, some wearing Year of the Monkey T-shirts, set off party poppers — filling the streets with yellow, red and green streamers in celebration of the Lunar New Year.

Los Angeles' 117th annual Golden Dragon Parade drew an estimated 150,000 people, said Connie Vuong, executive director of the area chamber of commerce.

"It's important to keep the culture and celebrate it the way we would do back in our communities," said Vuong, who was born in Macau, China. "To be able to be a part of this ... is an amazing feeling."

Lunar New Year is the premier holiday for the nearly...

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