New Year’s Day Parade in Flushing
In San Francisco they have the New Year’s Day Rose Parade and in Queens, NY they have the New Year’s Day Parade in Flushing. The celebration takes place on Main Street on the first day of the year.
The New Year is a time to reflect on the past but most of all it’s a time to re-evaluate what you want to build for the future. Different cultures have different traditions to help celebrate the passing of another year. In America, probably the best known New Year’s tradition is kissing at midnight to signify with whom you will spend the rest of the year. Now there is a new American tradition especially for New Yorkers, the New Year’s Day Parade in Flushing.
The New Year’s Day Parade celebration was held on January first from about 11 am to 3 pm. It closed down around 15-20 blocks along Main Street. The crowd was enthralled as 30 floats with ornate decorations, exotic Bentleys and Lamborghinis, motorcycles and more marched down the street. The Parade began with a press conference and a special address by Sir Gary Kong. This was followed by a marching band, skilled child dancers and other amazing performers. Next the floats started in the procession. I was lucky enough to be a special guest and waived to the tens of thousands of onlookers from my ornate float designed by the police and community protection association of Queens.
A highlight of the day was the appearance of many beloved costumed cartoon characters such as Mickey and Minnie, Spider Man, Snoopy, Elmo, Blues Clues, JJ and Donatello. The children in the 50,000 strong crowd were delighted to see these familiar characters come to life. The onlookers also enjoyed special guests waiving from the floats such as former Miss Grand International, a few supermodels, beloved New York political figures and other surprise guests. Press surrounded the floats to capture all the excitement from the day.
The parade had several sponsors including the Sino-American Commerce Association and the Global Hero Foundation. Following the conclusion of the procession, key guests and organizers of the parade joined Sir Gary Kong for a banquet style celebration and feast.
Do you enjoy parades? How do you celebrate the new year? What traditions does your culture hold dear?
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