Carnival came to Los Angeles last week with its annual, Los Angeles Culture Festival and Hollywood Carnival Parade
Los Angeles and its county have an undesirable reputation for being ethnically bland. Better yet, the city gets the opinion that it neglects the full range of ethnic varieties where 10.16 million people live. For the eighth year, Hollywood attempts to remedy this issue with its carnival celebration recognizing festivals of the globe.
Last week, the festival expressed the culture of the hundreds of ethnic communities living in the Los Angeles basin. The celebration featured cultures and traditions from around the world in the form of colorful costumes, dances, food, arts & crafts and music from around the world. Geared to include local communities, this year, the focus was fun, cultural fusion and family.
Parade goers and masqueraders re-enacted carnivals from many countries — spanning from Trinidad to Guatemala — from paranging to punta rock to gombey traditions. The event marks a litany of summer events in Los Angeles that are free and open to the public. It also shows the growing diasporas in the city that celebrate carnival.
The photo spread shows how both parade goers and audience enjoyed an interactive and lively event.
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