Never mind that animated land in Anaheim: With festival-goers sporting ear-to-ear perma-grins and engaging in ever-flowing group hugs, Norwalk, CA was the happiest place on earth during this March's Festival of Colors.
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Festival of Colors LA.
Leaping luchadores and dazzling dancers performed as part of just another night of Lucha VaVOOM at the Mayan. That the voice of Spongebob Squarepants, among other local comedians, served as ringmaster made the whole thing uniquely and wonderfully LA.
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Lucy Fer at Lucha VaVOOM.
Only Coachella can bring out sun-kissed club kids and diehard music lovers to the middle of the desert for a chance to see everyone from 2 Chainz to The Postal Service. Don't let the Indio address fool you—we're claiming this mammoth fest for LA.
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Coachella 2013, Weekend 2, Day 3.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Coachella 2013, Weekend 2, Day 1.
LA's favorite car-free fest pedaled its way to Venice, across Wilshire Boulevard and through the heart of Downtown over three separate events this year with plenty of bizarre bikes in tow.
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Only weeks before Prop 8 and DOMA were overturned, LA Pride turned WeHo into the most colorful and exuberant place to be.
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Venice knows how to do grime and luxury, but we weren't so sure about tunes until the Venice Music Crawl proved that music isn't an Eastside-only scene.
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Cinefamily's indefinable film fest returned this year and included a look at old-school pornographic and violent video games—we saw plenty of pixels that we'll never be able to erase from our minds.
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Everything is Festival.
For a city of almost 4 million, LA can still feel pretty cozy thanks to top-notch community fests like Echo Park Rising.
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Don't dismiss FYF as a Coachella wannabe; the enthusiastically-named fest came into its own this year with a weekend of headline-worthy acts such as My Bloody Valentine and TV on the Radio, all without losing its positive vibes and DIY ethos.
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FYF 2013, Day 1.
Solange at FYF 2013, Day 1.
Whether it was the hours spent lining up in the sun or the visual overload once inside, nothing was quite as deliriously engaging this year as the inflatable art cathedrals of Exxopolis.
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Architects of Air: Exxopolis.
Sanrio broke the kawaii barrier when EVA Air's Hello Kitty-wrapped jet touched down at LAX, complete with a bento box of airline food too cute to eat.
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Hello Kitty EVA Air Jet at LAX.
Among all of LA's one-of-a-kind concerts, we couldn't help but have a soft spot for our time backstage before Local Natives' homecoming show at the Greek Theatre.
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Local Natives at The Greek Theatre.
Beardos throw the best parties, or so we learned as the many mustachioed men took the stage at the LA Facial Hair Society's inaugural Beard and Mustache Competition.
Flesh-eating zombies (thanks to some Hollywood makeup magic) invaded Downtown LA for the year's most repulsively lovely fashion show.
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Location aside—sorry, Santa Monica Pier—Festival Supreme's compelling comedic lineup (Zach Galifianakis, Eric Idle, Tenacious D and the Lonely Island only scratch the surface) left us wanting more.
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Festival Supreme 2013.
After a day and night among the sugar skulls and marigolds, it was clear that there's nothing in LA quite like Hollywood Forever's celebration of Día de los Muertos.
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Day of the Dead 2013 at Hollywood Forever.
Day of the Dead 2013 at Hollywood Forever.
There are tons of things to do in Los Angeles that are always within reach—and you can easliy spend several years here and still have a long LA bucket list. We can pack our cars at any time for trips to the best beaches or sweat it out on hilly hikes (you know, there are more places than just Runyon). But the memories that stand out as the best of 2013 are from LA's one-of-a-kind events and festivals that make each calendar year exciting. Click through the slide show for a trip down memory lane: our favorite things we saw in 2013.
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