2016 was the Year of the Monkey and on February 13, 2016 we watched the 117th Annual Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New year Festival in Los Angeles.
The first Chinese came to Los Angeles in 1852, while continual settlement came five years later. By 1870, a Chinatown of sorts was established on Calle de Los Negros, between El Pueblo Plaza and Old Arcadia Street. The neighborhood grew to about 15 streets between 1890 and 1910 and was home to an opera theater, temples, and a newspaper. Today it remains a busy historical section of the city that attracts residents and tourists. It is home to cultural events and exhibits as well as grocery stores full of oh-so-delicious but hard-to-find items.