23rd annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Meadow Lake, Flushing-Corona Park, NYC, August 10-11
23rd annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival draws 60,000,
August 10-11 in Flushing Meadow-Corona Park, NYC.
188 teams with 2500 from the U.S., Canada and China participate. Colorful festival is rooted in Chinese tradition celebrating the life of 3rd century BC poet and political activist, Qu Yuan. On this hot, sunny weekend in the middle of summer, a riot of colors, banners, flags and carved figures appeared throughout the park. This is the largest and oldest contest of its kind in N.A. with both Men’s and Women’s divisions competing, the later holding with 25 teams.Witness
fully dressed racing boats of 12 and 20 crew members, each directed by a steward or captain at the boat’s head and pressed on by a baton drummer at the boat’s tail.The two-day spectacle is a product of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York ( KETONY ). Corporate supporter was HSBC, with a bevy of major sponsors including Toyota, Verizon FiOS,WNBC-TV 4,
The New York Daily News, Con Edison, RCN, and the NYC Parks Dept., et.al.
For more info on the event and for the 2014 calendar,
e-mail: DBFNewYork@CS.Com or try: www. HKDBF-NY..Org