The annual Lunar New Year Parade held Saturday in downtown Flushing drew large crowds and marchers to help celebrate the Year of the Dragon.
Unlike the last several years, temperatures were moderate for February and there was no snow or ice on the ground. Following the parade, musical performances were held at Queens Crossing.
The holiday began on Jan. 23 and continues for a month, with families getting together for meals and giving red envelopes filled with lucky coins to youngsters.
— Liz Rhoades
Asian beauties line up on a float decorated with lotus blossums and Chinese lanterns.
A long paper dragon entertained the crowd. The dragon symbolizes strength and good luck.
A large Asian band, dressed in blue and white, held the audience’s attention.
A group of female Korean drummers perform along the parade route.
Elected officials, including state Sen. Tony Avella Congressman Joe Crowley and Councilman Peter Koo walked with parade organizers at the beginning of the march.
A lion dancer and a dragon dancer with a masked marcher performed in the annual parade on Main Street.