LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pink and white lotus blossoms are blooming just in time for a Los Angeles festival named after the aquatic flowers.

The Lotus Festival — the 37th annual at the city's Echo Park Lake — kicks off Friday and runs through the weekend.

The celebration traditionally honors Asian cultures. Food, art and music from Bangladesh will be featured this year.

Visitors will also see a return of dragon boat races on the picturesque lake near downtown.

The lotus flowers that typically bloom during the summer in a corner of the lake are a draw for tourists and residents alike.