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Help create a record-breaking paper snake at Chinatown's New Year Festival

By Hayley Fox
Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013, at 01:46PM
Los Angeles Chinatown Business Improvement District

This year's Chinese New Year festival will include a Guinness Book of World Records attempt.

At this year's Chinese New Year Festival in Downtown, party-goers will not only be able to drink craft beer while eating dumplings and watching the Golden Dragon Parade, they will be able to participate in a record-breaking attempt to fold 800,000 pieces of paper.

These pieces will then be assembled into a gigantic snake structure in Mandarin Plaza and submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records for evaluation.

This year's Lunar New Year festivities begin on February 5 and go for 15 days, officially ushering in the Year of the Snake. On February 9 at 11:00 p.m. at the Thien Hau Temple, everyone is welcome to join Buddhist and Taoist monks to watch traditional lion dancers, incense burning and the explosion of 500,000 fireworks.

The New Year Festival takes place on February 16 and 17, and includes a parade with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck as the grand marshals. Workshops, performances, kid-friendly activities and an adult-friendly beer garden organized by Eagle Rock Brewery will take place from noon to 8 p.m. on that Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Over the course of the weekend there will also be live music, a singing competition, and of course, the Guinness Book attempt.

Attendees will have a whole week to work off all the food and drinks from the party before the Firecracker 5/10k run takes place the following weekend. This race, which now includes two run/walks, a kiddie run and a bike ride, is organized by a non-profit who say they've contributed more than 450,000 to local elementray schools and community organizations since the event began.

If you haven't registered yet it will cost you $40 online and $45 on site to register for any of the adult activities; online registration for the kids run will cost $15 online and $20 onsite.

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