DRAGONS, MULTI-CULTURAL PERFORMERS,TRADITIONAL ARTS & CRAFTS, INTERNATIONAL FOODS
WHERE- MEADOW LAKE, FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK, QUEENS, NY– FREE & FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY –
WHEN-THIS SAT 7/30 & SUN 7/31/2022- Racing & Other Activities from 9am-5pm . Rain or shine- www.hkdbf-ny.org
HOW TO GET TO THE FESTIVAL- Take the #7 Train to the CitiField stop and transfer from there to the special MTA shuttle buses to & from the Festival site. Use MetroCard or correct change. Parking on site is very limited.
THE OLDEST, LARGEST, MOST TRADITIONAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL IN THE US!
The Festival wants to highlight three major issues this year as we come roaring back for the Year of the Tiger!
1. Our participation in the reopening our economy, as we are planning for a full scale festival.
2. Promotion of Covid vaccination/booster, Post Covid mental/ physical wellness.
3. Bringing attention to the Prevention of Asian hate crimes.
July 25th, 2022- NY, NY – In Celebration of the “Year of the TIGER,” the Board of Directors of the 30th Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York (HKDBF-NY) announce that this Free Multicultural Festival and Sporting Event will be held Saturday, July 30 & Sunday, July 31st, 2022.
HKDBF NY 2022 features events for the entire family, the Opening Ceremony takes place at noon on Saturday with the traditional Dragon Dance and Team Parade. Racing both days from 9am-5pm. Some of the attractions taking place during the festival include several special races. Including the Hong Kong SAR 25th Anniversary Challenge, the Sponsors Challenge, a Media Invitational and the Seniors Invitational. This year’s Corporate Invitational looks to be a good one, with a number of Corporate Teams joining us to race for their companies. The US Dragon Boat Open Championship Race is on Sunday. There are also special Educational and Health Care Invitationals and the always exciting and rewarding Charity race, featuring funds raised by the participating teams to be donated to the charities designated by the winning teams. Over the years the Charity Race has contributed in excess of $300,000 to various NYC charities.
The program on the Main Stage showcases the best Regional multicultural artists and traditional music/dance from across the globe. We are thrilled to have NY based young rapper Cameron Sean joining us both days to perform his very relevant rap, “Stop the Hate!” The ever popular Shaolin Martial Artists return for performances on both days. We have several other very Special Musical Guests this year, the amazing violinist Daisy Jopling, the Gigs & The Professor Orchestra, Musical Performance by Terry King’s Drifters featuring Charlie Thomas Jr and Benidito King of the world renowned Drifters. The two sons of the Drifters Charlie Thomas and Ben E. King, who’s hits were Stand By Me and Spanish Harlem. The Chinese Theatre Works Co. performs both days with 2 different shows and Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk returns spinning “Dragon Tales.” In addition, we have demonstrations of traditional Asian folk arts and crafts, booths staffed by sponsors and many community-based organizations.
HKDBF-NY, an international, multi-cultural celebration and sporting event, the largest multicultural Festival in New York and the largest festival of its kind in the U.S. HKDBF-NY keeps up the age old tradition of Dragon Boat Racing in colorful, custom made teak boats, which are virtual works of art gliding on water. Custom made by a small coterie of craftsmen in Hong Kong, weighing one ton each, colorfully painted with a Dragon head at the front and Dragon tail at the rear, the boats are piloted by up to 20 crewmen, including 18 paddlers, a drummer and steers person.
For twenty-nine successful years HKDBF-NY has attracted a diverse, multi-cultural audience of more than 20,000 attendees throughout North America. This year with 100+ teams participating involving more than 1,000 competitors from across the U.S. and Canada, this year’s festival is expected to be notable for it’s 2 day return, scale and fierce competition.
The tradition of Dragon Boat Racing is an annual Chinese rite commemorating the idealistic poet and performer Qu Yuan who drowned himself in the third century B.C. to protest against his emperor’s policies. The locals raced in their boats in an attempt to rescue the poet. To prevent fish and water dragons from eating his body, the locals beat their drums and splashed their paddles. This was the beginning of Dragon Boat Racing.
Admission to the HKDBF-NY is Free, Events take place Rain or Shine – Festival attendees Please take the MTA or shuttle bus with your MetroCard or use correct change. Again this year we’ve worked with the MTA to insure easy and safe transportation to the Festival site. Festival attendees take the #7 Train to the CitiField stop and transfer from there to special MTA shuttle buses that will take them directly to the Festival site.
This year’s Sponsors include; the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, NY., Shanghai Commercial Bank, Con Edison, New York Community Bank, Flushing Bank, Resorts World, JPMorgan Chase, Fios by Verizon, ITALKBB, new york state of health, Vallo Transportation, Ltd., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens Chamber of Commerce, Office of the Queensborough President, Donovan Richards, Jr., NYC &Co, Discover Queens
Media &Creative Partners: PIX 11 Sing Tao Daily News, The Queens Courier, MultiCultural Radio Broadcasting, Inc.(AM1480, AM1380, Sino Television, Niu TV) GoodNewsBroadcast.com, Fusia Communications, Inc., Inak Design, Additional support provided by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, AARP, Attending Home Care, the Queens Chronicle, The Island, YELP, TinnieAdvertising and ChinaAmerica Radio.
HKDBFNY IS A NON PROFIT 501(c-3)org.
downloadable photos are available at www.hkdbf-ny.org (web designed and maintained by Fusia Communications)
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