Pinoys bring in 2018 with countdown and parade in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The city of angels kicked off 2018 with a pair of traditions including a century-old iconic gathering.

It was a non stop celebration in LA that started with the final hours of 2017.

Tens of thousands gathered at Grand Park in Los Angeles for NYE LA.

With heavy security presence, the Southland was treated to a family-friendly evening of food trucks and live music by the legendary beat junkies, powered by Fil-Am DJs.

LA’s towering city hall served as the official countdown clock.

In Southern California, Grand Park is just the beginning of the new year celebrations. The main event is on New Year’s days itself on the streets of Pasadena, at the iconic Rose Parade.

Filipino families were among the hundreds of thousands of spectators lined up, excited to see the world’s most-watched parade up close.

As hundreds of floats, marching bands, made its way through downtown Pasadena, Asian American and Filipino pride was on full force.

The Singpoli group showcased a first of a kind augmented reality float, while the Pinoy hub of Carson had their float with Filipino American city officials on board.

Many of the vibrant floats spread messages from charity groups, to the environment, education, and health — but the biggest message from everyone at the parade, wishing all a happy new year.

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