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Los Angeles Events

  • Tournament of Roses Parade

    Tournament of Roses Parade

    <p>This festival has been a Pasadena tradition for over a century and is one of the most colourful events in the world. The New Year's Day celebrations feature the Rose Parade, which is a breathtaking spectacle of marching bands, equestrian units and magnificent floats, completely covered in flowers and petals. Float construction takes about a year to complete and the Post Parade is an opportunity for the public to admire the fantastic workmanship and the floral creativity from close up. After the parade the Rose Bowl Game takes place between two college champions and is renowned as the 'Superbowl' of college football.</p>

  • Doo Dah Parade

    Doo Dah Parade

    <p>Known as the 'other' parade, the Doo Dah Parade began as a parody of the Rose Parade - where the one had a list of rules and regulations and invited performers, the other decided to exult in the opposite with no theme, no judges and no commercials. Every year thousands of marching groups or acts are led through the streets in a colourful procession of humour, eccentricity and mayhem, doing almost anything they please and attracting enormous crowds of spectators along the route. Entries are unusual and entertaining, and have included Dead Rose Queens, The Spawn of Captain James T. Kirk, the Royal Doo Dah Orchestra, the Invisible Man Marching Band, Caesar's Circus, BBQ and Hibachi Marching Grill Team and Bungee Barbies, among others.</p>

  • Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

    Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

    <p>The world's largest lobster festival is one of the city's great food events, in deference to the Maine lobster. The focus is on fresh steamed hot lobster meals, but in addition there is a variety of other seafood done the Californian way, as well as many international dishes. The festival also features non-stop live entertainment and activities for all ages, from magicians and lobster-calling contests, to music, dancing and arts and crafts, and the Lobster Dog Pet Parade, in memory of Bob the official mascot of the lobster fleet, where costumed dogs are invited to compete for the grand cash prize.</p>

  • Whale Watching

    Whale Watching

    <P>During the annual migration of the Californian Gray Whale from Alaska to Mexico, whales can be seen passing along the California Coast and numerous whale watching excursions are available from Los Angeles city harbours or further south from the city of Dana Point. In January, the annual Whale Fiesta celebrates the start of the season at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, with a family day filled with activities, exhibitions, contests, arts and crafts, food, music and talks. In March the Dana Point Festival of Whales features fairs, street processions and non-stop entertainment for the whole family.</P>

  • Chinese New Year Festival

    Chinese New Year Festival

    <p>The greatest annual spectacle in Chinatown is the colourful Chinese New Year celebrations, which is famous for its Golden Dragon Parade involving a magnificent procession of painted, undulating dragons. Contests, fairs, firecrackers and lots of authentic food highlight the festivities.</p>

  • Academy Awards

    Academy Awards

    <p>The annual presentation of the Oscars is the biggest movie-related event in the world that recognises excellence in the film industry among producers, actors, directors, technicians and writers. Every year the world's attention is on the entertainment community to see who will receive the celebrated gold statuettes representative of the highest honour in filmmaking.</p>

  • Knotts Scary Farm

    Knotts Scary Farm

    <p>Although Knott's Berry Farm is a year-round family attraction in Los Angeles, locals and tourists flock to the park each October when it puts on its annual Halloween Haunt to become Knott's Scary Farm. Rides and attractions are converted to fit the macabre Halloween theme, and more than a dozen mazes and 'scare zones' are constructed. Park employees dress as werewolves, vampires, zombies and other ghoulish creatures, and there are seven special live shows. Visitors are encouraged to dress in costume as well. Knott's Scary Farm is not appropriate for small children.</p>

  • Cinco de Mayo

    Cinco de Mayo

    <p>Although it is actually a Mexican national holiday, Cinco de Mayo (5 May) is equally big in the United States, especially in those states near to the border or with a large Mexican population. The day commemorates Mexican victory over the French in the battle of Puebla in 1862. Throughout various cities across the United States there are many celebrations in bars, pubs, cantinas and restaurants, much like St. Patrick's Day in March however with more tequila and less green beer. In cities with stronger Mexican populations there may be numerous festivals and traditional dancing.</p>

  • Summer X-Games

    Summer X-Games

    <p>$1,000,000 in prize money is up for grabs for those death-denying stunt devils that enthral spectators annually in displays of gravity-defying manoeuvres. The competitors attend in their specialisations of skateboarding, Moto X, BMX, and climbing to set new records of madness, in this, the world's number one experience for alternative sports. Spectators from all over the globe come to watch this ESPN covered event which is showing no signs of slowing down.</p>

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