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.) www.shopskyviewcenter.com (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!