Los Angeles prides itself in being one of the must richly diverse metropolitans in the nation. This weekend holds the 32nd Annual Lotus Festival presented by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

This festival is FREE and family-oriented so bring the whole family and celebrate the beautiful Asian Pacific Island cultures (which according to the laparks.org site) include 

Japanese, Filipino, Asian Indian, Chinese, Samoan, Tongan, Hawaiian, Thai, Korean, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Indonesian, Tibetan, Laotian, Bangladeshi and Hmong.

And a word to the wise: Parking can be a bit tricky there so please watch for the street signs.

Have a wonderful weekend!

WHAT: 32nd Celebration of the Lotus Festival Sponsored by L.A. Lotus Festival, Inc. and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.
DATES: Saturday, July 10, 2010 – 12 noon to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 11, 2010 – 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
(Dates coincide with the anticipated blooming of the Lotus Flower)
LOCATION: Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles, California, is located on Park Avenue between Glendale Avenue and Echo Park Boulevard, just north of the Hollywood (101) and Pasadena (110) freeway junction, near Dodger Stadium. (FREE ADMISSION)
MISSION: The mission of the Lotus Festival is to develop, promote and create an atmosphere of understanding in which Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Southern California are brought together for two (2) days of cultural sharing. The Festival also seeks to preserve and enlighten the public with a sampling of distinctly different and unique Asian and Pacific Islander culture and traditions through cultural displays, art, music, dance and food.
HIGHLIGHTS Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 12:00 p.m., to earmark the celebration of the 32nd Lotus Festival, which includes live music, dance and entertainment from a variety of performers representing many of the diverse countries of Asia and the Pacific Islands.  This year, the Festival will highlight the people and cultures of China. Asian and Pacific Islander personalities from the media and its communities will act as emcees/hosts during this two-day event.

Artisans-at-work will be on hand to demonstrate their skills on the beautifully decorated Flower Island Pavilion.  Their artwork illustrates their spirit, tradition and pride of the Asian and Pacific Islander handiwork.  This includes: paper-cutting, hand painted scrolls, calligraphy, plant and flower expertise, fish, birds and other Asian artifacts.

The Health Fair will feature educational lectures on holistic fitness.  Other services to be provided include: free screenings, health information and referrals.

The Community Services will feature a variety of organizations offering free information, assistance and referrals in areas of employment, social services, immigration, legal services, education, housing and translating.

The Boutiques will offer a variety of Asian and Pacific Islander items and gifts for sale including clothing, jewelry, artwork, hand-made crafts, incense, body oils and much more.

The International Food Booth area will provide a variety of Asian and Pacific Islander cuisine that will feature enticing delicacies and exotic beverages which are traditional to the Asian and Pacific Island Cultures.

FESTIVAL CONTACT: L.A. Lotus Festival, Inc.
Leo Pandac
2001 W. Beverly Blvd. Suite 201
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Phone: (213) 413-1622Email: lepandac@aol.com
DEPARTMENT CONTACT: Lotus Festival
Department of Recreation and Parks
3900 West Chevy Chase Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Phone: (213) 485-1310; Fax: (213) 485-8746Email: Lotus.Festival@lacity.org

Website: www.laparks.org/Calendar/Lotus/lotus.htm

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