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Lunar New Year Celebrations & Lunch in Flushing

Family style lunch after the parade @ 1:00pm.

The Lunar New Year celebrations in Flushing is Saturday, February 16, 2013, with Flushing's 17th annual Lunar New Year Parade. Parade times are from 11 a.m. until about 1 p.m. It's the Year of the Snake!

Flushing, Queens, is home to one of the largest Chinese and East Asian populations in New York City, rivaling Manhattan's Chinatown. Flushing is reachable via the 7 train last stop, Main Street (a 40-minute ride from Times Square).

Come immerse yourself in the festivities... busy shops, crowded streets, and red ornament decorations everywhere conveying new year's greetings! The parade begins, Union St and 39th Ave and usually ends at Main St and 39th Ave. The parade runs along Main St so you can see it upon exiting the subway station. Look for dragon dancers, steel drummers, and fireworks. About 4,000 people march each year. I recommend that you get to Flushing around 10:30AM to get a good viewing spot. The Chinese performers in the parade usually end the procession with a celebration at the Queens Crossing Mall, where there's more cultural activities. There will be traditional cultural performances and festival booths. The Korean parade contingent usually celebrates at Korea Village's Open Center, a cultural space, where there will be Korean food, games, dancing, martial arts, music, and a karaoke contest.

What to do in downtown Flushing?

1. Shop for fresh fruits and vegetable, herbal medicine, asian groceries

2. Shopping: Macy's, Queens Crossing Mall, Flushing Mall, New World Mall, Sky View Center (BJs, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Best buy, Marshalls, Old Navy, Bob's Furniture, etc.) (two blocks from subway, Roosevelt Ave/College Point Blvd)

3. Flushing Library (intersection of Main St and Kissena Blvd - two blocks from the subway)

4. Ten Ren bubble tea (half block from subway, on Roosevelt Ave)

5. Queens Botanical Garden (20 minutes from the subway - straight down Main St)

6. Flushing Meadows Ice Skating Rink http://www.nycgovpark... (25 minutes from the subway)

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Wishing you good health, happiness, and prosperity!! Come dressed in red and/or wear new cloth for good luck!

Family style dining: Each table will order for their table and split the bill.

As always, *Please look for familiar faces from the Yes RSVP photos to find our table. *When joining the table, please introduce yourself to your immediate neighbors, and the whole table if you can. No pop quizzes on names, fyi. *Please be prepared to pay and compute 30% additional for the state tax and group rate tip for your items, and *Please enjoy yourself, though not at the group's, or someone else's, expense!

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  • Janu

    may be

    February 14, 2013

  • Hilly

    Sorry! They're predicting more 2 more snowstorms between now & then, and I'm concerned that I won't be able to get there. Someone else should have the opportunity to attend. Have a wonderful day! Wish I could be with you! Maybe next year?

    February 12, 2013

    • Pei-Cen

      Thanks for being considerate of others. If the weather turns out nice, feel free to come. We'll make room for you :)

      February 13, 2013

  • Kishor

    Dear Friends, please note that the restaurant has a small. private and free parking garage for its customers - right next door.

    1 · February 13, 2013

  • Pei-Cen

    You are on your own for the parade portion. The streets will be too crowded to arrange a parade viewing meet up. I recommend getting there around 10:30am to grab a good standing spot. A good spot is by the Flushing library (intersection of Main St & Kissena Blvd) but it is crowded.

    January 21, 2013

  • Demetrius


    January 21, 2013

  • Demetrius

    Thank you Pei-Cen! Just saw this popped onto my iCal before seeing the email blast :)

    January 21, 2013

  • Karen

    + 1

    January 21, 2013

  • Hilly

    + 1.
    Will we be arranging to meet up earlier in the day for the parade portion, too?

    January 21, 2013

  • Doug

    I forgot and counterscheduled a Vegan LI event for this time. :( Sorry.

    January 21, 2013

  • Tania

    yay, can't wait!

    January 21, 2013

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