Little Saigon Tet Parade Brings South Vietnam Back To Life

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R. Scott Moxley
Year of the Dragon: Chuc mung nam moi
Under a bright blue sky and appreciating warm temperatures despite occasional gusty winds, Orange County's Little Saigon community celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year today with a Tet parade that, if based solely on the number of South Vietnam flags waved, resurrected the long dead Asian nation if only for a day.

More than 1,000 spectators watched the 2.5-hour parade down Bolsa Avenue, the main thoroughfare in Little Saigon.

The parade featured bands from area high schools, community groups, former South Vietnamese soldiers, retired U.S. Marines, local business owners as well as Democrat and Republican politicians.

Westminster Unified School Board member Sergio Contreras gave Tet envelopes with cash to cheering kids along the parade route. 

Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen received cheers as she walked the parade route, shook hands and posed for photographs with her constituents.

OC's Little Saigon is home to the world's largest Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam.

Here are photographs from today's parade:

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