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
, 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, now in its 18th year, hosts over 150 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 or airline tickets.
History of the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York
In 1986, the donated traditional teak
wood boats to several cities including New York. In 1990, the in New York City promoted and organized the inaugural Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York, which was held on the Hudson River
in Battery Park City
. Several of the original organizers are still involved with the festival, including Henry Wan
, who now serves as the festival's chairman.
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York today
The festival is now an independent non-profit company organized under the laws of the State of New York
and receives its funding through sponsorships by various companies. The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office continues to be a substantial supporter of the festival.
In addition to the change in corporate structure, the festival's fleet of dragon boats
has grown from 4 teak
wood dragon boats
to... Read More