Eastside Gold Line party time

The Edward R. Roybal Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension will open to the public Sunday, Nov. 15, with free rides from one end of the Gold Line to the other — East Los Angeles to Pasadena — and celebrations are planned along the route.

On Sunday, festivities will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at four stations: East LA Civic Center Station, Mariachi Plaza, the Little Tokyo/Arts District and Union Station.

Here are some details on a few of the events:

East LA Civic Center Station

Where: Third Street and Civic Center Way (near the East L.A. Public Library)

What: Live performances of Chicano rock, a spectacular farmers’ market plus tasty food booths, local artisans and special exhibits from the County Bike Coalition and Metro Bike programs.

Mariachi Plaza Station

Where: First Street and Boyle Avenue

What: Live Mariachi music and a special block party to mark the Gold Line’s debut.

Little Tokyo/Arts District Station

Where: Alameda and First streets

What: Live karaoke on stage, delicious cuisine from dozens of nearby restaurants, special family activities and booths representing businesses and organizations from the area.

Union Station

Where: East Portal, Union Station stop on the Metro Gold Line and Metro Red Line, corner of Cesar Chavez Avenue and Vignes Street.

What: A display from Madame Tussauds Hollywood, bands, food booths and, just maybe, a visit from Santa.

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