Flushing is expected to draw 100,000 people for the Lunar New Year parade on Saturday, Peter Tu, Director of the Flushing Chinese Business Association said. The 21st annual Lunar New Year parade in Queens, sponsored by FCBA, will usher in the Year Of The Monkey.
The parade will start at 11 a.m. in front of the 109th Precinct, at the corner of Union Street and 37th Avenue. From there, the convoy of over 20 floats and 10,000 marchers will make their way south down Union Street to Sanford Avenue, where they will turn right and head west to Main Street. At the intersection of Sanford and Main, the parade will turn right to head back north. At 39th Street, they will again turn right to head east for one block and end at the intersection of Union and 39th Avenue.
After the parade, there will be a firework display in front of Queens Crossing, near the intersection of 39th Avenue and 138th Street.
Tu said that the festivities had become more popular every year, attracting spectators without Chinese ancestry as well as those with it.
“It has become a community event,” Tu said. “Your culture belongs to the community. Let other people join with you. Recognize we are one.”