2010 Cambodian New Year Parade and Celebration Press-Release

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Phannarith An, Event Coordinator
(562) 316-9099
coordinators@cam-cc.org

2010 CAMBODIAN NEW YEAR PARADE AND CELEBRATION IN LONG BEACH

Long Beach, CA – The Cambodian Coordinating Council (Cam-CC) is organizing two events to celebrate the most important holiday for the Cambodian community, the Cambodian New Year Parade and Celebration. The Sixth Annual Cambodian New Year Parade will take place on Sunday, April 4 on Anaheim St. from Junipero Avenue to MacArthur Park. Then on Saturday April 10, the Cambodian New Year Celebration 2010 will take place at El Dorado Park Regional Park Area III.

The Sixth Annual Cambodian New Year Parade is an exciting, fun-filled event, which will display unique and colorful floats, traditional and modern Cambodian dancers, musicians, pedicabs and cyclos. The precession starts at 9:30am at the corner of Junipero and Anaheim St. We are expecting ten of thousands of local residents and visitors come together from all over the United States and Cambodia to join this event. The parade will honor the diversity of Long Beach through the varieties of floats and participants of all backgrounds and ethnicities.

 

Following the parade, the Cambodian New Year Celebration will start on April 10 from 9am to 5pm. It is an all day event that includes religious ceremonies, exotic food, carnival games, face painting for kids, live performances, Khmer traditional performance, plays, and a live band with famous Khmer singers performing throughout the day. Hundred of information and merchandise booths will be displaying their product and information.

Admission tickets are required for this event at El Dorado Park. If purchased prior to the event’s date, the ticket is $23 per vehicle and $7 entrance fee to be paid to the city. Tickets will be available after March 8 at a number of Cambodian restaurants and businesses throughout Long Beach. See http://www.cam-cc.org for a complete list of locations.

The April New Year is one of the biggest celebrated holidays for Cambodian. The actual holiday spanned 3 days from April 14th to 16th. The Songkran’s date where the angel is believed to come down is on April 14 at 7:36am as calculated by Khmer astronomers. The angel is Mondar Tevy wearing a fragrant flower tucked behind her ear and cat's eye gemstones around her neck. She carries a needle on her right hand and a cane on her left hand riding on the donkey as she is processing down to earth to bless the New Year.

Come and celebrate Cambodian New Year with Cam-CC. The Cambodian New Year is about family reunion and prosperity. Organizers of the event would like to wish everyone a Happy Cambodian New Year or Suor Sdey Chhnam Thmey.

Cam-CC is now accepting applications for parade entry and booth rental for organizations and vendors for both events. Please contact Phannarith An, Event Coordinator at 562-316-9099 or coordinators@cam-cc.org for more information.