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#PickoftheWeek | Celebrate Lunar New Year in Queens
Just like with most other international holidays, Queens is the world’s best place to enjoy Lunar New Year activities this weekend. Here are three great options to welcome the Year of the Dog on Saturday, Feb. 17.
A coalition led by the Flushing Chinese Business Association and the Korean American Association of Queens hosts the annual parade through Flushing. The kickoff is in the vicinity of Union Street and 39th Avenue at about 11 am. Festive and tremendously multi-cultural, attendees can expect vibrant costumes, floats, joyful dancing, and traditions that began thousands of years ago.
Meanwhile, Queens Center offers an annual, four-hour program at the Level 2 Center Court at noon. Lion dance by New York Hung Sing Kwoon, tea-tasting, calligraphy, paper-folding, paper-cutting, painting, lantern-making, rainbow scratch art, and special promotions from participating stores are on tap. Plus, one guest wins a traditional Lucky Red Envelope with prizes and gifts inside.
The pan-Asian aspect will be on display at all times. The Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of New York will perform, and Gao’s Kung Fu Academy will offer a martial arts demonstration. The JUNG Traditional Korean Dance Academy will take the stage, and Pamela J. Powell, who was in the “Little Miss Model” competition in the Philippines, will sing.
During the exact same time period, noon to 4 pm, the Queens Botanical Garden holds a festival. Crafts, zodiac animal face-painting, story-time in English and Mandarin, Taekwondo, paper-cutting, and a lion dance are among activities. A plant sale adds to the mix.
Top image: Flushing Town Hall; Gallery images: Queens Center
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