IMPORTANT UPDATE as of JANUARY 10, 2022: Due to the increase in Covid-19 cases, the City of South Pasadena has postponed all events for the next two months for the safety of our community. Therefore, we have postponed the Lunar New Year event to SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2022. We know it is a long weekend since Monday, March 7 is a pupil-free day, but we hope that you will all still be able to attend. In the event that you cannot attend, and would like to cancel your registration and receive a refund, please contact us at [email protected] by February 15, 2022. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm for The Great Race! We are looking forward to celebrating the Year of the Tiger together.

Come and celebrate the Year of the Tiger! Live performances, games and giveaways. Dim sum &  mochi donuts available for pre-order.

Marengo Elementary School PTA in partnership with the City of South Pasadena and the South Pasadena Chinese-American Club invite you to this unique walk-thru experience celebrating the Lunar New Year at Orange Grove Park in South Pasadena.

As participants walk through the Great Race trail, they will receive treats and giveaways from South Pasadena community organizations, Mandarin Dual Immersion classrooms and other sponsors, while learning about the significance of the twelve zodiac animals. There will be a food booth pick-up for families who pre-order a dim sum sampler box and/or a mochi donut box provided by the Pacific Culinary Group and/or a boba drink from Teamorrow.

Look out for lion dancers, tigers and other performers!

Each participating guest is required to register for a 30‐minute time slot. Select the time slot you want at Registration.

Pre-registered guests will arrive during their 30-minute time slot. Pre-ordered passports will be handed out to children with a small bag to collect goodies along the Great Race trail. The passport will tell the story of The Great Race and have a place for children to collect stamps at each booth. The Great Race will end with a chance to slide to the finish line. We will limit up to 150 people into the park per 30 minutes, so please show up before your selected time to maximize your experience and depart the park at your designated exit time.

Purchase a pre-registered child (age 2-12) admission for $5.

There will be no charge for pre-registered adults.

For those who do not pre-register, it will be $7 per child (age 2-12) and $3 per adult at the gate on the day of the event. Day of entry admission is limited and not guaranteed due to capacity.

Please use the Add-On feature at checkout to order your food. There will be no other food vendors at this event. Food must be pre-ordered by FEBRUARY 20, 2022 and will be available for pick-up at the finish line. Families will be encouraged to take their meals home to enjoy.

Per LA County of Health guidance, it is strongly recommended that you wear a mask at outdoor events.

Due to the ongoing effects of Covid-19 and changes in state, county, and city restrictions, event location, time and requirements are subject to change. 

Orange Grove Park
815 Mission St., South Pasadena CA 91030
Date & Time
March 6, 2022,
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Live Performance Schedule
Performance times are subject to change.

11:00 AM
Lion Dance by Immortals

The Immortals are a renowned lion dance team based in the city of LA.
In the early 1960s, Jeff Chan informally established the "Chinese Lion Dancers of Los Angeles." Jeff took in a group of kids from the L.A. Chinatown neighborhood to train them in martial arts and lion dancing. He was the first person to start his own group not tied to a family association or Gung Fu school. To this day, several of the original members still perform with their grown children.

The brightly colored costumes of the playful lions and ferocious dragons, the sounds of drums, gongs, cymbals, and the smell of incense and firecrackers delight the senses as these skilled Gung Fu fighters display their physical strength and expertise in weaponry.

In 1978, the group adopted the name "Immortals" based on the Chinese folklore of the 'Eight Immortals'. Our group colors are Red and Black, symbolizing General Kwan Yu from the Three Kingdoms Period. General Kwan represents courage, bravery, uprightness, and loyalty. He is regarded as a peerless hero and an exceptional fighter. He is also the patron saint of Chinese martial arts.
11:15 AM
Kung Fu presented by US Asian Art & Cultural Association

There are many forms of kung fu, such as Shaolin Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Tai chi, etc., and they are practiced all over the world. Each form of kung fu has its own principles and techniques, but is best known for its trickery and quickness, which is where the word kung fu is derived. It is only in the late twentieth century that this term was used in relation to Chinese martial arts by the Chinese community.[2] The Oxford English Dictionary defines the term "kung-fu" as "a primarily unarmed Chinese martial art resembling karate."[3] This illustrates how the meaning of this term has been changed in English. The origin of this change can be attributed to the misunderstanding or mistranslation of the term through movie subtitles or dubbing.[2]
11:30 AM
Face Changing Performance by Weichi Zhong

Face-changing, or "bian lian" in Chinese, is an important subgenre of Chinese Sichuan opera. Sichuan opera is one of the Han Chinese operas, popular in eastern and central Sichuan, Chongqing and Guizhou Province, Yunnan Province. Sichuan Opera masks are the important part of the Sichuan Opera performing; they are treasures that the ancient opera artists work together to create and pass down. The secret of the face change has been passed down from one generation to the next within families.
11:45 AM
Lion Dance by Immortals

12:00 PM
Gu Zheng presented by US Asian Art & Cultural Association

The zheng or guzheng, is a Chinese plucked zither. The modern guzheng commonly has 21, 25 or 26 strings, is 64 inches long, and is tuned in a major pentatonic scale. It has a large, resonant soundboard made from Paulownia wood . Other components are often made from other woods for structural or decorative reasons.
12:15 PM
South Pasadena High School Mascots and Pep

It's the Year of the Tiger, which means the Year of South Pasadena High School! SPHS mascots and Pep members will help ring in the new lunar new year with special performances. 
12:30 PM
Face Changing Performance by Weichi Zhong

12:45 PM
Lion Dance by Immortals

1:00 PM
Chinese Music presented by US Asian Art & Cultural Association

1:15 PM
Face Changing Performance by Weichi Zhong

1:30 PM
South Pasadena High School Mascots and Pep

1:45 PM
Chinese Music presented by US Asian Art & Cultural Association

Join us on January 29
We look forward to celebrating the Year of the Tiger with you!

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