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The History of Chinese New Year in L.A. in Pictures (1925-71)


Chinese New Year's celebration in January 1925Chinese New Year's celebration in January 1925, showing Tsweje, the Lion of Good, driving away the evil spirits; Credit: Los Angeles Public LibraryChinese New Year's celebration in January 1925Chinese New Year's celebration in January 1925, showing Tsweje, the Lion of Good, driving away the evil spirits; Credit: Los Angeles Public Librarythe Lion of GoodChinese New Year's celebration in January 1925, showing Tsweje, the Lion of Good, driving away the evil spirits; Credit: Los Angeles Public Librarythe Lion of GoodChinese New Year's celebration in January 1925, showing Tsweje, the Lion of Good, driving away the evil spirits; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library1941: This study of two patriarchs show how most Chinese people welcome the New Year — by making a lot of noise with musical instruments. Chung FookChinese New Year's celebration in January 1925, showing Tsweje, the Lion of Good, driving away the evil spirits; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library1941: This study of two patriarchs show how most Chinese people welcome the New Year — by making a lot of noise with musical instruments. Chung FookChinese New Year's celebration in January 1925, showing Tsweje, the Lion of Good, driving away the evil spirits; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library1957: Thousands of citizens jam the streets of New Chinatown to watch the annual New Year parade through the streets. The traditional dragonChinese New Year's celebration in January 1925, showing Tsweje, the Lion of Good, driving away the evil spirits; Credit: Los Angeles Public Librarybad luck and misfortuneChinese New Year's celebration in January 1925, showing Tsweje, the Lion of Good, driving away the evil spirits; Credit: Los Angeles Public Librarybad luck and misfortuneChinese New Year's celebration in January 1925, showing Tsweje, the Lion of Good, driving away the evil spirits; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library1958. Other children march behindChinese New Year's celebration in January 1925, showing Tsweje, the Lion of Good, driving away the evil spirits; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library1958. Other children march behindChinese New Year's celebration in January 1925, showing Tsweje, the Lion of Good, driving away the evil spirits; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library1958Chinese New Year's celebration in January 1925, showing Tsweje, the Lion of Good, driving away the evil spirits; Credit: Los Angeles Public Librarybringing in the Year of the Dog. The pageant was highlighted by the traditional lion dance. Willie Soohoo led the procession.; Credit: Howard Ballew/Los Angeles Public LibraryChinese New Year's celebration in January 1925, showing Tsweje, the Lion of Good, driving away the evil spirits; Credit: Los Angeles Public LibraryThe Chinese dragon thrilled a crowd of more than 15Chinese New Year's celebration in January 1925, showing Tsweje, the Lion of Good, driving away the evil spirits; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library

According to organizers, the annual Golden Dragon Parade has been weaving its way through Chinatown since roughly 1889. There's a rich tradition of celebrating the Lunar New Year in Los Angeles, and these photos from the Los Angeles Public Library's archives prove it.