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Get Out: CicLAvia Mega Party, Chinese Lantern Festival, Mardi Gras Parade

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Photo by Alex de Cordoba via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr

Photo by Alex de Cordoba via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr
Bike Or Bust: GOOD LA is throwing CicLAvia a mega parking lot party today in Atwater Village to support their 2011 programs and events. Live music and DJs by DUBLAB, Very Be Careful!, GANGI!, The Finches, and Telematique! Sustainably-brewed New Belgium Brewing beer, Razor's Edge wine, Nom Nom Truck, Yalla, Ahn Joo!, India Jones, Slammin' Sliders, Coolhaus, locally-harvested fruit by Food Forward, and free tasters all day. Eagle Rock Yacht Club will be running a Dodgeball game and they'll be screening some CicLAvia Films as well. More? Sure. Set off on a guided family bike ride to the LA River or build a city with urban planner James Rojas, take a swing at a candy-filled pinata, visit the Bike Clinic Workshop and stretch that free Yoga class. Of course, bike valet provided. Atwater Crossing (ATX), 3229 Casitas Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039, 2:00 - 7:00 p.m., Tickets $20-$500

Lunar Lanterns: Occurring annually on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month to mark the closing of Chinese New Year festivities, the Lantern Festival, celebrating its 10th Anniversary, is a re-creation of a traditional village street fair featuring brilliant lantern displays, music and acrobatics, a lion dance performances, arts and crafts booths, and a glow-in-the-dark silver dragon stage performance. Event-goers can get hands on with activities like lantern-making, Chinese-opera style face painting, kite-building, Chinese paper-cutting, Origami, Chinese calligraphy, string-knotting, and more. FREE! Chinese American Museum (CAM), El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument (across from Union Station), Noon - 7:00 p.m.

Beads Beads Beads: A New Orleans-style Mardi Gras parade rolls through Long Beach Rainbow Harbor today with Belly Dancers, Costumed Characters, Roller Girls, Kings and Queens, Mardi Gras Second Liners, Samba Dancers, lots of masks and even more beads. FREE activities begin at noon. Parade starts at 3:00 p.m. at the beautiful Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.

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