Get ready for the Lion Dance, as Flushing prepares to welcome the Year of the Snake.
The Flushing Chinese Business Association has taken the lead in prepping for the neighborhood’s 17th annual Lunar New Year festivities, with two main events book ending a week of festivities in Flushing, from Feb. 10 to 16.
The celebrations kick off at noon on Feb. 10 at the Queens Crossing mall. Stop by the second floor to check out Chinese and Korean folk dance and singing, as well as nods to non-Asian cultures. This year’s festivities are bringing in a new level of inclusivity throughout.
The main event, of course, is the parade on Saturday, Feb. 16., which will start in front of the 109th Precinct at 11 a.m. and snake its way (pun intended) to Franklin Avenue and Main Street. The Korean program will lead the parade, followed by the Chinese contingent. It will be followed by a fireworks display at 12:30 p.m.
Korea’s Village Open Center, at 150-24 Northern Blvd., will offer food, games, dancing, martial arts, music and a karaoke contest after the parade.
Cultural institutions in the neighborhood will also host celebrations:
Flushing Town Hall, 37-35 Northern Blvd., will have a Lunar New Year Dance Sampler, featuring performances by Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, Indian, Egyptian, Colombian and American groups, starting at 1 p.m on Feb 10.
The Flushing Library, at 41-17 Main St., hosts a crafts workshop for families on Feb. 19 at 2:30 p.m., celebrating the Year of the Snake. It will be followed on Feb. 23 with a celebration showcasing Chinese and Korean music, arts and dance, starting at 10 a.m. The event features a Korean cooking class, floral arranging, a wind ensemble performance and Korean dance and opera.
Be sure to check out Flushing’s eateries after the parade, where many know the real party begins, with many restaurants offering specials and unique menu items.
Bear in mind, the No. 7 train will have truncated service this year, running only between Main Street and Queensboro Plaza. If you’re coming from outside the borough, you can reach the No. 7 train at either Queensboro Plaza using the N or Q train or Roosevelt Avenue by using the E, F or R train.
When: Sunday, Feb. 10, noon, and Saturday, Feb. 16, 11 a.m.
Where: 136-17 39 Ave. on Feb. 10, 37-05 Union St. on Feb 16