March with API Equality-LA in the Golden Dragon Parade: Jan.28


You are invited to march with API Equality-LA in the 113th Annual Golden Dragon Parade to celebrate the Lunar New Year! Join us as we welcome the Year of the Dragon and provide an LGBT presence at Chinatown’s largest celebration! As the only LGBT contingent in the Golden Dragon Parade, we will march together to show that our movement for equality and the fair treatment for LGBT individuals is stronger than ever!

When
Assemble at 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 28, 2012

Where
Meet at the courtyard at 12:00 p.m. at the Hall of Records – 320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA [Map]. The courtyard is located on Hill St., just south of Temple St. We will provide sandwiches and drinks, though quantities are limited! Come early!

If you arrive after 12:45 p.m. then proceed directly to the staging area on Hill St. between Temple St. and Cesar E. Chavez Bl. and ask for the API Equality-LA unit or look for our red t-shirts.

Transportation
Public parking is available for a fee at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, located at 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles [Map]. Other commercial parking lots are also available near City Hall, Olvera Street, and Little Tokyo. Persons taking the Metro Red Line should exit at the Civic Center station and walk a half block up to the courtyard between the Hall of Administration and Los Angeles Superior Court. DO NOT exit at the Chinatown Station because that is the end of the parade route!

Theme
This year’s parade unit will feature two same-sex couples walking in front of a sign of the Chinese character, “double happiness,” which is used in traditional Chinese weddings. Our unit will also feature the six colors of the rainbow flag, representing LGBT pride and diversity. Paraders will be provided with banners, flags, streamers, and handheld drum noisemakers to carry in a colorful display of diversity, inclusion, and equality for all members of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

Community-based organizations are highly encouraged to bring your own organizational banners to march with in the parade and demonstrate your group’s support for the cause.

Costumes/Shirts
API Equality-LA will provide red t-shirts to all that attend. We ask that you wear this shirt for the entire duration of the march for a consistent a presentation.

Post-Parade Annual Lunar New Year Banquet, 5:00 p.m.
Your organization is also more than welcome to dine with us at CBS Seafood Restaurant (700 N Spring St. in Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA [Map], just walking distance from the parade route)! Cost is $25/person. For more information and to purchase your ticket, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/lnybanquet. If you would like to purchase a table or have any questions, regarding the dinner, please contact Alex Fukui at (310) 291-4849 (Note: Time subject to change, based on when our parade end time.).

Contact
For general questions, please contact me at (213) 580-1800 or email brian@apiequalityla.org. If you have any questions on THE DAY OF the parade & banquet, please call Ericson Herbas at (323) 217-3267.