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April 27, 2003 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
What began in 1894 as a four-day-long "La Fiesta de Los Angeles," a celebration of its many cultures, isn't as venerable as New Orleans' Mardi Gras, but it has played an enduring if off-and-on role in the city's cultural life. And it endures now as Fiesta Broadway, which begins today, the 14th annual prelude to Cinco de Mayo celebrations of Latino culture.
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WORLD
May 28, 2003 | From Associated Press
Sir Edmund Hillary and a Sherpa from his 1953 expedition to Mt. Everest led hundreds of climbers and fans in a joyous procession through the streets here Tuesday as Nepal began celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the conquest of the world's tallest mountain. Gyalzen Sherpa, 85, one of three surviving Sherpas from the first Everest expedition, climbed into a horse-drawn carriage with Hillary, 83, and his wife, June, and placed yellow scarves around their necks.
SPORTS
July 14, 1998 | From Associated Press
About 600,000 flag-waving, screaming fans jammed the Champs-Elysees yet again, this time to acclaim in person the heroes of France's 3-0 World Cup victory over Brazil. "What a day to be French! Champions of the world, at last," 28-year-old Christian Bourdieu said Monday after the French soccer squad passed by on an open-topped, double-decker bus. The Parisian avenue was so packed that the bus couldn't complete its route to the Arc de Triomphe and had to escape off a side street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1996 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeka Wong Yang, 22, wore a delicate black velvet pantsuit, trimmed with hand-embroidered sashes flashing shades of bubble gum pink, lime green and deep violet. Her ornate dress, a 5-pound silver neckpiece and the dozens of coins that jingled from her neck signified that she was unmarried. On Friday, she joined scores of other young women and men, boys and girls in similar dress at the second annual Hmong New Year's Celebration at Rancho Santiago College in Santa Ana.
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October 31, 1998 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR and JANET WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Teri Maldonado Parker celebrates Day of the Dead for deeply personal reasons. Though she is Mexican American, her husband was not. A Vietnam veteran, he committed suicide after suffering post-traumatic stress syndrome. And she lost their 3-month-old son on Nov. 2, 1972, to crib death. Four years ago, she decided to make an ofrenda, a personalized altar, for them both in her Santa Ana home. "Losing my son so close to the Day of the Dead really stuck with me," Parker said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Los Angeles Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host "Christmas on Temple Hill" from 7 to 8 p.m. today at 10777 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. A team of nearly 2,000 volunteers has wrapped more than 3,000 lights on the trunks of trees, bushes and walkways. The task took more than 6,000 hours to complete. Many of the volunteers, most ages 12 to 17, came from throughout Southern California to help usher in the holiday season.
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October 31, 1991 | JON NALICK
It wasn't billed as the biggest athletic event of the year, but it should have been. Before a cheering crowd of more than 500 at Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday, students and faculty competed in a homecoming race atop 7 1/2-foot-tall, 8,000-pound Asian elephants. The second annual Homecoming Week event pitted various campus organizations against each other in timed sprints across a soccer field in the middle of the campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2005 | Maria L. La Ganga and Nicholas Shields, Times Staff Writers
Trolley drivers on this city's F Line rang their bells as a minister in a purple shirt and ecclesiastical collar, a 16-year-old girl and her two lesbian mothers, and 150 other supporters of same-sex marriage celebrated a court decision that California was violating its Constitution by not allowing gays to marry. Laughing and giggling, many sang, "Going to the chapel and we're going to get married."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1996 | JEFF KASS
Relay races at Santa Ana High School's pool Friday capped a week of activities to honor parents and celebrate family ties. The competition, organized by Santa Ana Unified School District officials, was part of a series of events meant to give families time together without spending a lot of money, said Patricia Gomez, the district's parent, family and community coordinator.
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September 15, 1995 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
Orange Coast College will have fewer banners unfurled for homecoming, and the halftime show will be less elaborate than in years past, but the festivities will go on. The Student Board of Trustees had considered canceling the event because of poor attendance in recent years, but after weeks of debate voted for a scaled-down celebration.
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