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Traffic Alert: Lunar New Festival to Shut Down Garvey Ave.

  • By David Barron

Monterey Park's Lunar New Year Festival will begin Saturday, Jan. 28, in Downtown Monterey Park and continue through Sunday night, Jan. 29. Garvey Avenue will be shutdown between Alhambra Avenue and Ramona Avenue, although Garfield Boulevard will be open for through traffic under human control. Severe parking restrictions beginning  Friday night will apply on many of the streets that parallel or cross Garvey Avenue. 

City of Monterey Park and the World Journal Chinese language newspaper are sponsors of the the event. The festival will feature 250 food and vendor booths that will sell everything from insurance services to toilet tissue over the two days. Entertainment will be featured at two stages along the festival street. Originally scheduled on Jan. 21-22 it was rescheduled because of a major rain storm that struck the San Gabriel Valley that weekend. 

Businesses along Garvey Avenue are expected to be open to take advantage of the 50,000 plus visitors who will come to the festival. Some service-type businesses may close because of limited parking. Many of the streets, such as Newmark and Emerson Avenues, parking will be restricted to one side of the street to permit access for emergency vehicles. Traffic is expect to be slow on those parallel streets. 

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