LA Chinatown 71st Anniversary Party

Chinatown's 71st Anniversary Party
June 27, 2009 (7-11pm)

6:55 Video Clips from Jackie Chan Performance
7:00 Pat Longo Big Band performs
7:10 Welcome by emcees April Hong and Ewan Chung
7:15 The Shaolin Warriors of Chinatown
7:30 Pat Longo Big Band plays WWII era ditties
7:40 Salute to WWII Chinese-American War Veterans and “Duty and Honor” editor Marjorie Lee
7:50 Happy Birthday Tribute to Chinatown; City Certificate presented by Councilwoman Jan Perry, and Happy Birthday sung by “Marilyn Monroe”
8:00 Pat Longo Big Band w/Nancy Osborne and John-Eric Booth
8:45 Band breaks and Jenny Cho introduces “Chinatown in Los Angeles”
8:50 “The Essence of Chinatown” Photography Contest Winners announced
8:55 “Lifetime Achievement” awarded to actress Nancy Kwan (Flower Drum Song) and presented by State Assemblyman Mike Eng and 2008 Lifetime Achievement Honoree, James Hong
9:10 Pat Longo Big Band w/Nancy Osborne and John-Eric Booth
10:00 Swing dance demo by champions Terra Hannah and Bill Parker
10:10 Pat Longo Big Band w/Nancy Osborne and John-Eric Booth
11:00 Final acknowledgments and end of program
*Program subject to change.

On Saturday, June 27, Chinatown will host a free community festival commemorating the anniversary of the establishment of “New Chinatown,” built when the original Chinatown enclave was taken over by the construction of Union Station. “New Chinatown” was dedicated in 1938 and became iconic heart of Chinatown which today encompasses 24 blocks. Hundreds are expected to gather at Central Plaza to enjoy entertainment including 50’s era music and dancing, casino games, Chinese acrobats and martial artists, and a narrated video presentation of historic photos. The event will also feature a salute to Chinese American war veterans, many of whom remember the 1950’s heyday of Chinatown after which the festival is themed.

The 71st Anniversary of New Chinatown will take place from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. in Central Plaza, at 943-951 N. Broadway Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Admission is free. For more detailed information, please call the Chinatown Business Improvement District at (213) 680-0243.

posted on 2009-05-14 - Special Events, Chinatown BID, Chinatown in the News

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