Chinese New Year Parade In Queens
The Year Of The Tiger Parade Begins With Good Weather & Crowd
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[Editor's Note: February 12, 2013. Click here for the Chinese New Year parade in Flushing Queens for parade times and the parade route.] Flushing Queens / February. This year the Chinese New Year Parade started with great weather. It was sunny and seasonably warm, with the highs in the low forties. Due to the good weather and increasing awareness of the colorful cultural event, we estimate that the crowd in attendance was over 10,000 as spectators lined the entire length of the parade.
Spectators lined the streets two, three and four deep. There were large congregations of spectators, particularly from the stretch along Main Street from the Queens Library to the south to the new Queens Crossing Mall at the north end. Nonetheless, due to the wide Flushing streets and rerouted traffic, there was ample room in which to move around.
Chinese New Year Parade Photos
This year there were a number of new costumes and floats, and we recognized some costumes from the prior year as well. The better weather [last year the temperatures were in the single digits and there was a biting wind] and the larger crowds added to the theater of the parade as we were able to relax a bit more and take in the entire scene.
Photos Of Chinese New Year Parade - A Queens Crowd
It was interesting to observe American Korean War veterans marching alongside Korean American floats. At first this struck me with a bit of irony, but as I pondered it more deeply, it occurred to me that the Koreans marching in the parade [or their parents and grandparents] likely fought alongside these Veterans of the 1950's conflict.
There were also representatives of the U.S. Census, reminding citizens to be sure to register this year as the census is used to determine the public allocation to neighborhoods, of funds for educational and social services. The Chinese American community in Flushing has begun to rival Chinatown in Manhattan as the largest concentration of Chinese in the western hemisphere. In the last census the Flushing population was estimated to be in the range of 200,000, of which about a third were Chinese. Manhattan's Chinatown is estimated to have a Chinese population ranging from a low of 70,000 to a high of 150,000. So it will be interesting to see the results of the 2010 census.
The following slideshow is of the parade and may also be viewed in our photo album of this event in the Photo Albums section of the site. Click here to view photos of the Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing Queens or view them on the slideshow below.
Chinese New Year Parade In Queens
Flushing Queens / February 1, 2010. This is the year of the Tiger. And on Saturday, February 20th, the Chinese Businessmen's Association will host the famous and fabulous Chinese New Year Parade 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens.
Chinese New Year Parade 2010 Logistics
The Chinese New Year Parade in Queens celebrates the year of the tiger. The Chinese New Year Parade begins at 11 am on Saturday in Flushing. This year  the Chinese New Year Parade will start at 37th Avenue and Union Street. The parade will snake south on Union, turns west on Sanford Avenue and then head south again along Main Street - all in Flushing neighborhood of Queens.
Flushing Parade Is One Of Best Chinese New Year Parades Outside Of China
This is purely based on conjecture, but based on what I saw last year, I have to believe that this is one of the best Chinese New Year Parades outside of China. It's also one of the three best parades in Queens that I've witnessed [Columbus Day in Astoria in October and St Patricks Day in Sunnyside / Woodside - coming Sunday March 7th - see Members Calendar for details]. I recommend viewing this parade at least once in your life as the Asian pageantry is unparalleled.
Year Of The Tiger - Celebrations In Flushing After Chinese New Year Parade 2010
The Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing will be followed by a fireworks display in the street adjacent to Queens Crossing [about 12.30 or 1 pm]. Following the fireworks display, there will be a number of Asian cultural performances on the second floor of the Queens Crossing Mall. About 2,000 people are expected to participate and many more to attend. We will post more about this upcoming event, including photos from last year, on Monday.
Chinese New Year Celebrates The Ox
Flushing / January 31, 2009. We had the opportunity to photograph the pageantry of the Flushing Chinese / Korean New Years Parade in Flushing. This year marks the year of the Ox, about which we will tell you more later in this story. The Chinese American and Korean American groups collaborated in putting together this rich, colorful and ancient parade. We snapped up many photos and have put together a photo gallery for you to peruse. Click here to read the rest of the story about the Chinese New Year in Flushing and to view the photo gallery of the parade.
The Chinese in Queens celebrated the new year with a huge parade on Saturday in Flushing. This is the year of the Ox, the second year in the 12 year cycle of the calendar. The parade was a beautiful pageant of many cultural icons, including many peopled dragons, American-style floats, numerous bands playing music and of course ... the ox.
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