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Volume XXVIII, Number 5919
Friday, Aug 09, 2013

This Weekend In Parks

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Press Preview in Times Square;
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Press Preview in Times Square;
Photo by Daniel Avila

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday, August 10 & Sunday, August 11
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
10:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York is an annual sporting and multicultural event held in August on Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York to celebrate the fifth moon (or the fifth month) of the lunar calendar.

In addition to providing audiences with traditional Chinese foods and performances, the festival hosts over 120 dragon boat teams from across North America, making it one of the largest dragon boat festivals in the United States. Depending on the competitive division, teams compete for cash prizes, trophies and other prizes.

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York features events for the entire family including the NY Championship Race on Saturday and the US Dragon Boat Open Championship Race on Sunday, an opening parade, and youth, women's, sponsors, media, and charity races. Moreover, an impressive arts and entertainment program will showcase some of the best multicultural artists in New York, including the Shaolin Temple Warrior Monks demonstrating Kung Fu, the Drum Spirit of China, and as well as other performers who will perform traditional music and dance from China, Mexico and Peru. Booths located around the main stage area will host folk art and craft demonstrations. And, of course, a food court will serve a culturally diverse menu.

Please refer to the boat festival's events schedule page for more information.


QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

“The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved.”

Confucius
(551 BC - 479 BC)

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