Chinese New Year Parade 2013
February 4, 2013 / Flushing / Ethnic & Religious Culture / Queens Buzz. The year of the snake is being celebrated in the Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing on Saturday, February 16th. It’s easily the one of the best Queens parades because the Chinese and Koreans put a lot of effort into a sensory pleasing, cultural mélange, that includes beautiful costumes, melodic music and aesthetic theater.
Thousands participate in the parade, which first began in Flushing in 1997. In 2011 the parade starting welcoming non-Asian participation, and hence last year it was interesting to watch someone of mixed ethnic descent, run as one the leads of one of the dragon dance teams. The dragon dance teams in the Flushing New Year Parade vary, as in China, from a two member team to as many as ten or fifteen. Legend has it, that the longer the parade dragon, the greater the luck for the year.
Click here to read more about our report about the Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing Queens 2013.
Chinese New Year Parade In Flushing Queens
Queens Chinese New Years Parade Route & Times
Year of the Snake - Queens Chinese New Year
Each year of the Chinese calendar is represented by a symbol or character. The year 2012  was the year of the dragon, while 2013  is the year of the Snake. The Snake is said to be a good provider and cunning in business. The symbols of the Chinese calendar are on a twelve year cycle, thus recurring every 12th year.
The Chinese new year symbols have parallels in the western zodiac. The snake has been matched to the zodiac Taurus. And it's worth noting that in each rotation one of the five basic elements - wood, metal, fire, water and earth - plays a key role. These Chinese elements also have parallels to the western zodiac. See the link below on Chinese New Year culture in 2012 for more Chinese cultural background.
Chinese New Year Parade Route - Flushing Queens. The Chinese New Year Parade route begins at the corner of Queens Crossing Mall and the Parking Lot along 39th Avenue just off Main Street. It comes down south along Union Street, turns west on Sanford and then turns north along Main Street. It will be fairly crowded along Main Street, but still passable. And there will still be plenty of room along Union Street and Sanford Avenue.
Chinese New Year Parade Times - Flushing Queens. The Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing begins at 11 am and generally winds down by 1 pm. The parade is followed by miscellany events held at the Queens Crossing mall on 39th Avenue at Main Street.
Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing - Neighborhood Info, Shops & Restaurants
Use the links below or the search box in the header at the top of this site to view reports and photos from prior years of the parade. Also click into the Flushing neighborhood to view stories about the Flushing neighborhood, its restaurants and shops. You can also use the Business Directory for telephone and website links to Flushing businesses. And you can use the search function to look for maps of businesses and other cultural / historic sites in Flushing.
Queens Chinese New Year Parade In Flushing
Here are some links to reports we filed on the parade in prior years. They include a history of the neighborhood, Chinese and Korean immigration, and some of the culture and legends associated with the Chinese New Year Parade in Queens. Click here for the:
- Chinese New Year Parade in Queens 2010
- Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing 2011
- Chinese New Years Parade in Flushing Queens 2012
- Chinese New Year In Flushing Queens 2012 - Culture
Each year the Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing changes ever so slightly, as does the Chinese Korean American community in Flushing. Best wishes for the luck of the dragon in the Happy New Year of 4710. Or as they say in Chinese Gong Xi Fa Cai.
Chinese New Years Parade in Flushing Queens - Photos From Last Year
The following slide show contains over numerous photos of the Chinese New Year Parade Flushing Queens from 2013.
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