“Let the Good Times Roll” at the Camellia Festival

Temple City held its 68th annual Camellia Festival last Friday to Sunday.

Written by SABRINA FANG / Published March 2, 2012

The city held its 68th annual Camellia Festival at Temple City Civic Center Park from Friday, February 24 to Sunday, February 26, 2012 to celebrate the town’s history.

As a tradition, the three-day celebration attracted people of all ages with carnival rides, food, games, and a parade.

Temple City residents were not the only participants at the festival, as many people from nearby towns attended the celebration as well. According to Temple City’s official website, the festival brings in about 20,000 visitors each year.

The festival kicked off Friday afternoon. Students from the Temple City School District flocked to the festival after school to take part in the festivities.

“I was looking forward to the festival all week,” said sophomore Nicole Hou, “I had to go as soon as I could.”

On Saturday morning, the city held its annual Camellia Festival Parade, themed “Let the Good Times Roll.” Luckily, the sun was shining the whole way through, so no rain fell on the parade. Boy Scout Troop #167 of St. Luke School led the way as they held the official festival banner. The line-up included the Temple City High School Band, the Camellia Festival Royal Court, various Boy and Girl Scout troops, and more.

“Parades are really fun,” said Temple City High School Band member Chris Pan, “especially when you representing Temple City at its finest.”

The High School Marching Band was well-received at the parade, playing their march “Eagle, Globe, and Conqueror,” and “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green.

The festival was an overall success, for both the performers and the spectators. With this year’s Camellia Festival now in the past, the city now prepares to plan for next year’s festivities.

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