Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

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Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
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Legend has it that on the fifth day of the fifth moon of the lunar calendar in 278 B.C., the Chinese poet Qu Yuan drowned himself in the Miluo River in Hunan province. To prevent evil water spirits from consuming their hero’s body, local fishermen set out onto the river, beating drums and splashing paddles. Centuries later, the rescue mission is commemorated with aquatic races held annually around the globe. New York’s event attracts more than 180 teams from across North America to compete for cash and other prizes. Starting at 9am, oarsmen will propel colorful teak vessels carrying drummers onto Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. Heats continue through the day, and performances—including martial-arts demonstrations and traditional lion dances—will entertain spectators. If you need a snack, pick up some zongzi (sticky rice wrapped in palm leaves) and other fare at an international food court. MTA shuttle runs from Mets–Willets Pt 7 station.
Event phone: 718-767-1776
Event website: http://hkdbf-ny.org

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Gigi

This is a wonderful celebration of Chinese culture and competition. This is our 22nd annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat festival and it promises to be another great event. Admission is free. Races are all day Saturday and Sunday. There is a festival with live entertainment, food vendors, and lots of games and prizes.