Lotus Festival this weekend

Dragon Boat races at the Lotus FestivalThe 2005 Lotus Festival, sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, is happening this weekend: Saturday, July 9, 2005 – 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 10, 2005 – 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. The dates coincide with the blooming of the Lotus Flower.

I’ve been to this fun festival several times in my life… I can’t make it this year, but my favor part is the Dragon Boat racing. I wish I could at least catch some of that. Maybe next year blogging.la can apply to participate in the Dragon Boat Race?

Here’s some info from the official Lotus Festival website:

The Lotus Festival is the biggest special event sponsored by the Department of Recreation & Parks. For 25 years, the Lotus Festival has been celebrating the people and cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands. For two days in July, over 100,000 people attend the Lotus Festival, many of them from cultures other than that of Asia or the Pacific Islands.

There is a reason for this festival being held in July. The lotus flower is significant to Asian cultures as a symbol of rebirth, and it is in July that lotus flower blooms. Echo Park was chosen for the site of the Lotus Festival because it is centrally located near Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Korea Town, and the Filipino communities.

Opening Ceremonies begin on Saturday at 12:00 p.m., as we earmark the 28th Annual Lotus Festival, which include 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 culture of ” Korea “. A fabulous fireworks finale over Echo Park Lake will conclude the day’s activities at 9:00 p.m., with legendary Taiko Drummers playing the background.

Asian and Pacific Islander personalities from the media and acting professions will act as emcees/hosts during this two-day event.