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Two Day MPk festival marks YEAR OF THE DOG!

  • By David Barron

If you have special wishes for the Lunar New Year, you can write them down on a red envelope and then hang it on a "wishing tree" during the two-street festival celebrating the Year of the Dog Lunar New Year in Monterey Park, Feb. 3-4. Garvey Avenue will be closed to auto traffic between Garfield Avenue and Alhambra Avenue and transformed into a flea market and entertainment venue as part of the Chinese cultural celebration.

Over the weekend live entertainment on the main stage will feature classical Chinese music, youth street dance, a Western band, folk dancing, martial arts and middle east and Mexican folk dancer.  Admission to the festival is free. A Chinese New Year celebration has been sponsored by the city and the Downtown Business Association  and the of Monterey Park for more than 30 years. This year, the World Journal, a Chinese language daily newspaper is organizing the event for the 7th year in a row. Monterey Park Mayor Stephen Lam said the World Journal is sharing any profits with the city.

The promoters expect more than 260 vendor booths including 60 food booths. The festival will open on Saturday (2-3) at 10 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. On Sunday, festival will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Because of limited parking spaces, shuttle bus service will be offered from parking lots at Repetto Elementary School, 650 Grandridge Ave. and Mark Keppel High School, 501 E. Hellman Ave. Garvey Avenue will be closed from Friday night (2-2) at 6 p.m. until Sunday night after the street is cleared. Auto traffic and parking will be restricted on Emerson Avenue and East Newmark Avenue to permit passage of emergency vehicles. For detailed English information go to www.lunarnewyears.com.

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