Tet parade in California is saved

Jan. 25, 2013 at 3:35 PM
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WESTMINSTER, Calif., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The nation's only Tet parade will go on, after Southern California's Vietnamese community raised $60,000 in two weeks to fund it, organizers said.

The annual Lunar Day parade, scheduled for Feb. 10 through the "Little Saigon" neighborhood of Westminster, Calif., was in jeopardy after the city said it could not help fund it, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday, so organizers hurriedly engaged in quick fundraising.

"We knew we could not lose this opportunity to promote the beauty of our culture," said Ha Son Tran, vice president of the Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California.

The parade, through the largest Vietnamese community in the United States, is expected to draw thousands of onlookers and will be televised on cable channels internationally, the newspaper said.

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