brooklynSugarThe “35th New Year Lion Dance Parade” organized by the association was held on the 11th8 avenueHeld. 500,000 firecrackers and fireworks were released one after another, a large number of red balloons flew into the sky, colorful dragons flew and lions pounced. Thousands of people from all ethnic groups were immersed in the joy of the Spring Festival in the lunar Year of the Dragon. Several dignitaries, including Mayor Eric Adams, attended to send New Year blessings to the Chinese and praised the Brooklyn Chinese Association for celebrating the New Year and contributing to the community since its founding 35 years ago.
The “35th New Year Lion Dance Parade” will set up the main stage at 8th Avenue and 50th Street that day, and will start at 12 noon. Paul McPaul, president of the Brooklyn Chinese Association, delivered the New Year’s message and thanked guests for their attendance and support from all walks of life. He said that despite being suspended for two years due to the epidemic, the China Association has been celebrating this New Year for 35 years. He wished that the coming of the Dragon Year would bring good luck and fortune to the Chinese people.
While attending New Year’s celebrations that day, Mayor Adams said that when he was mayor of Brooklyn, he had visited 8th Avenue and seen its prosperity and growth. Although the pandemic has dealt a heavy blow, 8th Avenue is returning to its former glory. Strong all the time. He presented a certificate to the Chinese Association and thanked the Association for its contribution to the community over the past 35 years.
State Attorney General Letitia James and City Council member Kalman Yeager both emphasized the issue of anti-Asian crimes in their speeches. James said there is zero tolerance for hate crimes anywhere in New York state, while Yeager emphasized the Jewish community. We will stand shoulder to shoulder with the Chinese community in the fight against hate crimes.
Zhang Lixian, deputy director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, came to the scene to offer New Year’s blessings to the Chinese people in the Year of the Dragon. Xinke City Councilor Zhuang Wenyi said it was his first time to participate in the New Year celebration in the 8th Avenue constituency. He wished all Chinese people good luck in the Year of the Dragon.
After the guests gave speeches, they blindfolded the colorful dragons and lions to begin the parade. The most awaited moment is the burning of New Year crackers. 500,000 auspicious firecrackers and fireworks are continuously released to bring good luck in the New Year. At the same time, thousands of red balloons were released into the sky, and the crowd of people present at the scene began to cheer warmly. The New Year’s Parade led by lion dances and dragon dances began at 50th Street and proceeded down 8th Avenue to 60th Street. The “God of Wealth” sent blessings to the Chinese along the way.
Also attending the 8th Avenue New Year’s Eve celebration that day were Congressman Daniel Goldman, State Senators Qu Yiwen and Andrew Gounardes, State Representative Cheng Yongjia, City Councilor Justin Brannon and Aviles (Alexa Aviles, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, Brooklyn South Precinct Operations Command Center) Had attended. Commander Charles McAvoy, City Police 72nd Precinct Chief Kristin Suarez and 66th Precinct Chief Kenneth Herraty and several other police representatives.