ECHO PARK -- The Lotus Festival, one of the signature cultural celebrations in the City of Los Angeles, will return this summer to a newly renovated Echo Park Lake, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell announced today.
O’Farrell will officially kick-off the festival with a community event on Friday, July 11, 6-9 p.m., on the main lawn of Echo Park Lake, 751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, 90026. The free program will feature an outdoor movie premiere of a 24-minute film that depicts life in Echo Park. The movie will be accompanied by a live musical performance from the Echo Park City Symphony. The film was commissioned by the Councilmember’s office and produced by the Echo Park Film Center.
The festival, sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP), will take place on Saturday, July 12, noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday, July 13, noon to 8 p.m. During the event, visitors will see a return of the popular dragon boat races on the historic lake, as well the opportunity to enjoy food and music and the lotus flower beds that are in full bloom. See 2014 Lotus Festival.
The event made its debut in 1972 as the ‘Day of the Lotus’ and takes place in the month of July to coincide with the blooming of the lotus flowers that are cultivated in the lake beds by city crews. The celebration was designed to promote awareness of the contributions by Asian-Americans in our local communities, and this year will honor the culture and traditions of the Filipino community.
Over the past two years, the tradition was placed on hold while the City embarked on a major Prop O stormwater improvement project. The voter-mandated restoration helped protect water quality, enhance the Los Angeles River watershed, and maintain flood control functionality.
According to the Echo Park Historical Society, the Echo Park Lake lotus beds are considered to be the largest in the Western United States,
Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell to Kick-Off Lotus Festival with Community Event
Friday, July 11
Echo Park Lake
751 Echo Park Ave.
Los Angeles, 90026
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