The 18th Flushing Lunar New Year Parade in New York began on Feb. 8 with a police car and two policemen on tall horses at 11 A.M. Participants of the New Year Parade include Chinese, Koreans, Westerners, and many other ethnic groups.
Many Koreans dressed in festive costumes to sing and dance in the joyful procession. Koreans are serious about their traditional culture and passing it from generation to generation.
However, there is one group that is highly anticipated each year, and that is the Falun Gong practitioners. Peter To, the parade organizer and director of the Chamber of Commerce, said: “No matter where I go every year, I tell people that Falun Gong’s procession is the most beautiful. I am proud of Falun Gong, and their procession has been very well received in the community.”
The procession begins at the intersection of Union St. and 37th Ave., and ends at Queens Crossing. Despite the freezing temperatures and mounds of snow, the parade is always greeted by cheering faces along the way. When it finally reaches Queens Crossing, tens of thousands of loud firecrackers are set off and the Lunar New Year starts off with a big bang!