Annual Chinese parade
On Hwy-70, 47 miles North of Sacramento. Founded by Chilean gold miners in 1850, little Marysville has only a few things worth seeing: the Mary Aaron Museum (www.maryaaronmuseum.com), 704 D Street, a Victorian dwelling holding very minor historical pieces. Ellis Lake the big picturesque lake that is the center-piece of the town, and the Bok Kai Temple, built in 1854 by the large Chinese population it is also the host of the annual Bok Kai Parade, which has been put on for the last 130 years, and claims to be the oldest parade in California. It is quite a spectacle culminating in fireworks and a huge 150ft dragon. Though because it is based on the Chinese lunar calender the date for the festival changes every year, so if you plan to be part of it check out the website for updates – www.bokkaiparade.com.