An evening of fun and entertainment was had by all at our 2017 annual Chinese New Year Banquet held February 14 at the Empress Pavilion in Chinatown. This was the first year in recent memory that the banquet was held the same day as the Golden Dragon Parade. With expected crowds at the parade of over 110,000, there was concern that traffic and parking could be problematic for banquet attendees. Fortunately, the 5:30 start time was late enough so as to not pose a conflict.
Attendance at the banquet was lighter than previous years, but still we had a very sizable crowd. The evening started with the traditional Lion Dance followed by announcements and the invitation to contribute to the Anhui Healing Home charitable initiative. The Chinatown Queen and her Court attended for the evening. They had already attended three other events that day including riding in the parade, so we were very fortunate to have them. Many of our younger members took advantage of the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Queen and her Court.
Mihn Tran always brings joy to the children. He adds a few things each year, so it's fun to see what's been updated. And many of his stunts never get old, jumping rope on the balance board for example. He's been described as the hardest working performer in LA giving over 300 performances per year. Our trusted deejay also did a great job again this year keeping the energy high and the feet moving to the rhythms on the dance floor.
Overall the event was a great success. Check out a photo album from the event on our Facebook page HERE.