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July 19, 2013 (San Diego) – The Little Saigon 5th Annual Lantern Festival begins tonight at 5 p.m. and preparations are underway at Hoover High School, 4474 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, as volunteers are assembling and hanging thousands of lanterns, erecting vendor booths and building the stage and Vietnamese Cultural Village.  This year’s festival celebrates the formal designation of the new Little Saigon Cultural and Commercial District.

The Lantern Festival, which lasts through July 21, is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together neighbors, businesses, students and community groups for a safe, fun and cultural experience.  It will include 14 carnival rides, over 40 unique food and commercial vendors, entertainers, a talent competition and daily lion dances.

The official resolution to designate Little Saigon San Diego Foundation will be presented at a ceremony at 5 p.m. on July 20.  Notable speakers include Steve Russell, Board President of the City Heights Community Development Corporation and Cuong Nguyen, the President of the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association.

Tickets can be purchased at the event or ahead of time at  Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children.

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