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A COLORFUL HONG KONG TRADITION RETURNS TO NEW YORK- THE 29th ANNUAL HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL in NEW YORK .THIS WEEKEND SAT AUG 3rd & SUNDAY AUG 4th!
DRAGONS, MULTI-CULTURAL PERFORMERS,TRADITIONAL ARTS & CRAFTS, INTERNATIONAL FOODS – INVADE MEADOW LAKE, FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK, QUEENS, NY–  FREE & FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY -THIS WKND  SAT 8/03 & SUN 8/04/2019-  9am-5pm .  Free, rain or shine- www.hkdbf-ny.org  THE OLDEST, LARGEST, MOST TRADITIONAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL IN THE US!

200+ TEAMS COMPETITING

MEDIA INVITED- CHASE BOATS AVAILABLE- MEDIA  PLEASE CHECK INTO THE PRESS TENT NEXT TO THE BOATHOUSE TO PICK-UP PRESS CREDENTIAL & SCHEDULE.   RACES ARE RUN RAIN OR SHINE.

**SEVERAL HIGHLIGHTS- FIRST EVER- WE HAVE A REGULAR WOMEN’S DIVISION RACE, BLUES GREAT BRUCE KATZ PERFORMS ON THE MAIN STAGE, MAINE’S, COUSINS LOBSTER TRUCK SERVES TASTY MAINE LOBSTER IN THE  INT. FOOD COURT, FOUR OUT OF TOWN TEAMS ARE COMPETING, INCLUDING  THREE  VERY COMPETITIVE TEAMS  FROM BOSTON TO COMPETE AGAINST NEW YORK’S BEST.  AND FINALLY HKDBF NY REPS  RiNG  THE CLOSING BELL OF NYSE THIS AFTERNOON FRIDAY 8/2!

AUG 2nd, 2019- NY, NY – In Celebration of the “Year of the  PIG,”  the Board of Directors of the  29th  Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York (HKDBF-NY)  announce that this Free Multicultural Festival and Sporting Event will be held   this Saturday, August 3rd & Sunday, August 4th, 2019.
Festival events consist of several Special/Invitational Cup races. The Municipal Invitational race, featuring various teams from our elected officials.  Other special races include the Hong Kong Family Invitational, The Health Care Invitational, A Senior’s Invitational, Women’s Invitational, Media Challenge and The Educational Invitational.  This year’s Corporate Invitational looks to be a good one, with sixteen Corporate Teams joining us to race for their companies. The much anticipated Charity race goes off this year with $15,000 in the kitty to be split among the competitors designated charities.  The Festival will be held at Meadow Lake, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York rain or shine. Admission is free.   

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-eight successful years HKDBF-NY has attracted a diverse, multi-cultural audience of more than 40,000 attendees throughout North America. With a record number of teams participating 200+ well-trained teams, involving more than 2,500 participants competing from across the U.S. and Canada, this year’s festival is expected to be notable in its scale and fierce competition.
The festival takes place over two days on the site of the 1964 World’s Fair, featuring events for the entire family. The opening day parade at noon on Saturday, Aug.3rd. The U.S. Dragon Boat Open Championship finals will be held Saturday/Sunday, with the teams vigorously competing for their share of the awards.  Racing starts at 9:00 a.m. and events last throughout the day until approximately 5:00 p.m. each day, rain or shine.

This year for the first time we have a Regular Woman’s Division Race, Other festival events consist of the NYC Regular Open, corporate youth, charity race, Non-Profit Organization’s Invitational and Sponsors challenge, a photo contest as well as presentations on the  Main Stage of traditional Chinese arts, martial arts demonstrations, the traditional Dragon dance, musical and other diverse performances and demonstrations of folk arts and crafts.

Blues great Bruce Katz & his Band Joins us on Sunday @1pm, Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk joins us again for both days.  An International food court, this year featuring 3 food trucks including Cousins Lobster Truck from Maine joining us on Saturday only and booths staffed by sponsors of the event, many of whom will be giving away promotional items, and many community-based organizations participating help make for a unique, action packed, multi-cultural, New York weekend. 

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; HSBC Bank USA.,N.A.;Toyota, Con Edison, New York Community Bank,   Shanghai Commercial Bank,  Flushing  Bank, SF Express, SBT Advantage Bank,  UPS, AARP,  NewYork- Presbyterian Queens,  Cathay Bank,  iTalkBB, new york state of health, WAC Lighting, Long Island Jewish Forest Hills*Northwell Health,  Vallo Transportation, Ltd., Tsingtao, Flushing Meadows Corona Park,  Queens Chamber of Commerce, Office of the  Queensborough  President, Melinda Katz,  NYC&Co,  Discover Queens. Additional support provided by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Special thanks to  PepsiCo, Golden Fortune and Brooklyn Crafted.

Media &Creative Partners:  New York Daily News, Sing Tao Daily News, The Queens Courier, GoodNews Broadcast.com, MultiCultural Radio Broadcasting, Inc.(AM1480, Sino Television, Sinocast, M-Weekly Magazine), Fusia Communications, Inc., Inak Design. Additional support provided by The Times Ledger , Queens Chronicle, ChinaAmericaRadio, YELP and The Island.

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