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Merced celebrates festive, colorful Lao New Year

The 2022 Lao New Year was celebrated by residents and town visitors last Saturday, April 30, right outside the doors of Bangkok Thai Restaurant in downtown Merced. Traditional food and artisan vendors lined the sidewalks along Main during the day as event-goers awaited the traditional ceremonies to begin. The celebration included…

Merced Celebrates Lao New Year in the Streets

For the first time in about 30 years, residents and leaders came together for an open, public celebration in Downtown Merced to ring in the traditional Lao New Year last Saturday. The event, including a colorful parade, was meant to bring light to the unique Laotian American experience that started right here in the culturally diverse…

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