Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival visited the NYSE to highlight its 21st anniversary. In honor of the occasion, Henry Wan, Chairman, Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York, and Anita Chan, Director, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York, rang The Closing BellSM, joined by colorful dancers and several members of a participating team.

About the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in NY 2011

The annual, free 2011 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York, taking place this Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14, features the New York Dragon Boat Championships and the U.S. Dragon Boat Open Championship Races, at Meadows Lake, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, home of the 1964 World’s Fair.

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York is the largest multi-cultural festival in the New York metropolitan area and the biggest festival of its kind in the U.S.

The 21st annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York looks to be the largest and most-successful ever, with over 170 teams participating, encompassing more than 2,000 crew members from across America and Canada. Also featuring 2 days of family friendly Multi-Cultural perfomances on the VERIZON STAGE,with 60,000 spectators expected.

This years Sponsors include; the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, NY; HSBC Bank USA, Verizon, Con Edison, J.P. Morgan Chase, New York Community Bank,  Bank of China,  Resort World Casino New York City, National Grid, State Farm, Western Union, Shanghai Commercial Bank, New York Hospital Queens,  Sheraton La Guardia East Hotel, Shiseido, Vallo Transportation, Ltd., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens Chamber of Commerce, Office of the Queensborough President, Helen Marshall, NYC &Co, and Discover Queens.Media &Creative Partners:  WNBC TV 4, The New York Times, Sing Tao Daily News, The Queens Courier, GoodNews Broadcast.com, RNN, MultiCultural Radio Broadcasting, Inc.(AM1480, Sino Television, Sinocast, M-Weekly Magazine), Fusia Communications, Inc., Inak Design, Time Warner Cable  and RCN. Additional support provided by the Times Ledger Newspaper Group, and the NY Daily News.

The tradition of Dragon Boat Racing is an annual Chinese rite commemorating the idealistic poet and reformer Qu Yuan who drowned himself in the third century B.C. to protest against his emperor's policies. The locals raced in their boats in an attempt to rescue the poet. To prevent fish and water dragons from eating his body, the locals beat their drums and splashed their paddles. This was the beginning of Dragon Boat Racing. For further information, please visit www.hkdbf-ny.org (Source: The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York).