Echo Park Annual Summer Night Lotus Festival Weekend of July 10-12 at the Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles
by Ben Nicolas
on Friday, July 10th, 2015 at 5:17am.
All Information below provided courtesy of the Office of our beloved Councilman
Mitch O'Farrell and his Council District 13 loyal and hardworking staff
IET Real Estate would like to remind you about one of the City's signature events taking place this weekend in the great 13th District -- the Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake. In addition to the food and music, Mitch O'Farrel, Councilman from the city's 13th district is working with Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS) and Amanda Foundation to host a pet adoption event at the festival.
In addition to the pet adoption event, LAAS and Amanda Foundation will provide services to pet owners, like spay and neuter certificates and discounted vaccination opportunities. The organizations will also educate community members on proper care and treatment of animals, and inform the public on an illegal activity that is often seen at Echo Park Lake: dumping of unwanted pets like turtles and fish.
LA Animal Services and Amanda Foundation are key partners in ensuring the safety and well being of animals in Los Angeles. Mitch O'Farrell encouraged them to become a staple at the Lotus Festival, so we can engage the public in conversations about the importance of the lake’s natural ecosystem, as well as promote proper pet care, while visitors enjoy this amazing festival at one of the most iconic parks in all of Los Angeles. The festival will kick off with a music concert in the park sponsored by Council District 13 Mich O'Farrels office on Friday, July 10, 7-9 p.m.., and continue on Saturday, July 11, noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday, July 12, noon to 8 p.m. The pet adoption and animal services booth will be located within the festival.
On Saturday, visitors will see a return of the popular dragon boat races on the historic lake, as well as the opportunity to enjoy food, entertainment and the lotus flower beds that are in full bloom.
The event made its debut in 1972 as the ‘Day of the Lotus’ and takes place in the month of July to coincide with the blooming of the lotus flowers that are cultivated in the lake beds by city crews. The celebration was designed to promote awareness of the contributions by Asian-Americans in our local communities, and for the first time the event will honor the culture and traditions of the country of Mongolia.
Over the past two years, the tradition was placed on hold while the City embarked on a major Prop O stormwater improvement project. The voter-mandated restoration helped protect water quality, enhance the Los Angeles River watershed, and maintain flood control functionality.
According to the Echo Park Historical Society, the Echo Park Lake lotus beds are considered to be the largest in the Western United States,
The Lotus Festival is held this Saturday and Sunday at Echo Park Lake starting at noon each day. More information about the Lotus Festival can be found here, more information about LA Animal Services can be found here, and more information about Amanda Foundation can be found here.