The History Behind Chinatown's Lunar New Year Parade

(Courtesy of The California Historical Society and University of Southern California Digital Library)
(Courtesy of The California Historical Society and University of Southern California Digital Library)

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Tens of thousands of people squeeze into Chinatown every year for the Golden Dragon Parade. It's an L.A. institution, one of the oldest and most popular events of its kind in the country.

The roots of the parade, however are complicated.  The first time Chinese paraded before other Angelenos 125 years ago, it was a very different picture.

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