The Alhambra hero Brandon Tsay will be honored by the city for his bravery and quick action that disarmed the perpetrator and kept the community safe. On Sunday, January 29 at 12:30 pm on the main stage of the Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival, leaders from the City of Alhambra will greet and welcome Mr. Tsay, and formally honor his heroism by awarding him a medal of courage from the Alhambra Police Department and other recognitions by local officials. Festival organizers are inviting the public, including residents, business owners, and visitors from throughout Southern California, to watch the ceremony in-person, and express their gratitude as part of the healing that this gathering can provide.
During the Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival being held on Sunday, January 29, a remembrance ceremony will be held for the victims of the Monterey Park tragedy. Civic leaders will make formal remarks and hold a moment of silence with the assembled residents and visitors. Overall, this will be a slightly more subdued festival than years past, out of respect for the victims, their families, and all those impacted, including the small businesses in the city and region. We welcome everyone across Southern California to come to the festival as a way to heal and express a sense of community during these challenging times.
“Creating community is an important goal under any circumstance. Now we find that the ties between us matter most, because we can face this tragedy together and rise above it. We invite everyone in Southern California to celebrate the new year with us in Alhambra and show our strength and faith in the future,” said John Bwarie, CEO of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce.
Visitors will find all the elements of a traditional Lunar New Celebration, including dance, art, candy making, and calligraphy. There are some innovations this year that will benefit those attending, including a wellness pavilion that will provide healthcare testing, vaccines, and consultations. A new culinary stage will feature local chefs and a special segment called “Cooking with the Council,” where councilmembers will prepare their favorite traditional dishes.
The stages and booths are situated along Main Street in downtown Alhambra, where visitors may experience the weekly farmers market and support dozens of local restaurants and businesses along the route. Games for childrens, giveaways, prizes, and vendors offering food and wares will be among the many booths. In addition, civic and government agencies will be hosting booths to provide valuable resources for the community, including information about employment, the environment, and a wealth of supportive programs.
Make plans to visit the Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival on Sunday, January 29, from 9 AM to 9 PM. The main stage is located at Main and Second Streets. Festival information is available at alhambralunarnewyear.com.