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Angelenos love to show off, and the city has no shortage of opportunities for them to do so. Every New Year's Day the Tournament of Roses Parade - marching bands, celebrities and flower-coated floats - makes its way down Pasadena's Colorado Blvd. The Rose Bowl college football championship is played later the same day. A parody of the Tournament of Roses - the Doo Dah Parade - makes its way down Colorado Blvd in November, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

February is African American History Month, with films, lectures, exhibits and performances across the county. LA's night of nights, the Academy Awards, is held in March. Cinco de Mayo, marking Mexico's victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla (1862), is celebrated on May 5 with plenty of south-of-the-border style festivities.

In June, the Gay & Lesbian Pride Celebration is marked with a flamboyant parade down Santa Monica Blvd. The Summer Pops Festival runs from July through September at the Hollywood Bowl, and the International Surf Festival hits the waves of Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo Beaches in August.

Los Angeles County Fair, held in Pomona in September, is the largest county fair in the world, with music, sideshows, rides and other country-style delights. For those who prefer not to get their glad rags grubby, October's AFI-LA International Film Festival is one of the country's biggest, with more than 75 features from around the world.

For a bit of contrast, check out the Hollywood Christmas Parade, where movie and TV stars join Santa in a typically flashy parade, then join in Las Posadas, candle-lit processions that relive Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem and honor the Christ child.

third Monday in Feb - President's Day
25 Dec - Christmas Day
fourth Thursday in Nov - Thanksgiving
third Monday in Jan - Martin Luther King Jr Day
4 Jul - Independence Day
last Monday in May - Memorial Day
Mar/Apr - Easter
1 Jan - New Year's Day
first Monday in Sep - Labor Day
11 Nov - Veteran's Day
second Monday in Oct - Columbus Day

When to Go

July to October is LA's peak season so make sure you have iron-clad reservations as well as a fat wallet ready for the soaring prices at this time. Almost every day in Los Angeles is hot and sunny; even in winter you can avoid peak prices and still get decent weather (and less smog!). The travelling by shoulder season rule is always good advice. Also, as with other US cities, it's important to consider major holidays such as Thanksgiving when planning a trip.

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