From its modest beginnings 70 years ago with a handful of youngsters tossing camellia blossoms to the viewers along Las Tunas Drive, the festival now welcomes more than 5,000 children in its parade and attracts 20,000 visitors throughout the weekend.
Dawn Tarin will lead this year's festivities as the General Chairman of the 2014 Camellia Festival. OH THE BOOKS I CAN READ has been selected  as the theme of the 70th Camellia Festival.  The theme winner  will be a guest at the Kick-Off Breakfast and will ride in the Camellia Festival Parade on February 22, 2014.
Check out the the Camellia Festival Parade 2013 (click on the link below)

Parade Lineup 20
Theme Contest Application (updated Mar. 2013)

Theme Contest Application (Chinese)

Do not return forms to the schools  
Return forms (max 5 entries per person)
to the Camellia Festival Office, located in City Hall at 9701 Las Tunas Drive

Deadline: April 15, 2013
Camellia Festival History            
Program Ad Information (updated Oct. 2013)
Business, Band, Organization
& Personal Message info included
Calling All First Graders!

A Royal Court of first graders will reign over the weekend's festivities. The Royal Court is selected during the Royalty Contest Play Day held at the Live Oak Park Community Center. The Royal Court will participate in the 2014 Camellia Festival Parade.
Applications for the Royalty Contest Play Day will be sent to all T.C.U.S.D. elementary schools. Applications will also be available at the Camellia Festival Office located in City Hall.

Eligibility: Entrants MUST attend the first grade and MUST RESIDE within the boundaries of the Temple City Unified School District or the City limits of Temple City. PRE-REGISTRATION is required. All registered children will receive a confirmation letter prior the the Royalty Contest Play Day.

Royalty Contest Flyer & Entry Form (updated 10/2013)

Deadline to register:  December 27, 2013
Youth Organizations

All local youth organizations are encouraged to pick up an application and enter a float or walking unit in the Camellia Parade. Informational workshops will assist organizations in designing and building of their float. Each participating organization will receive a $100 stipend.

Winning Float builders will receive cash awards.
Sweepstakes - $150     Best Use of Camellias - $50 
Theme Award - $50      Animation of Float - $50

Please refer to the Float Application for further details!

Float & Walking Unit (updated 10/2013)

School Band & Drill Team (updated 10/2013)
Carnival Booth (updated 10/2013)
Street Vendor (updated 10/2013)
Novelty Booth
(updated 10/2013)

*food booths MUST HAVE prior approval from the Festival Committee

For further information, please contact Nanette Fish, Festival Director (626) 285-2171 ext. 2350 or email:



Dates to Remember

Royalty Contest Application Deadline

Band Units, Carnival Booths, Float & Walking Units

Open to the public

Float Construction Workshop 7 p.m.
City Hall Community Room

Royalty Contest Play Day
9 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Live Oak Park Community Center
**Pre-Registration Required

Open to the public

Float Workshop  7 p.m.
City Hall Community Rm.

Pre-Sale Carnival Tickets on sale at the Live Oak Park Community Center

Royalty Coronation & Reception  7 p.m.
Live Oak Park
Public is invited

Carnival Opens
4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Temple City Park

Last Day to purchase Pre-Sale Tickets for Carnival - 2/20/2014

Camellia Festival Parade  10 a.m.
Parade Route: Las Tunas Dr. between Sultana Ave. & Rowland Ave

2/21    4 - 11 P.M.
2/22   11 - 11 P.M.
2/23   12 - 8 P.M.

Theme Contest Application Deadline for February 2015-MONDAY, APRIL 2014 Date TBA  6 p.m.


2011 Royal Court
City Council Mtg. 2-15

2008 Photo Gallery

2007 Photo Gallery

2006 Photo Gallery