Korean Groups to Host the Lunar New Year Parade in Queens

From left: Gang Won Lee, executive director of KAAQ; Paul Roo, president of KAAQ; Hak Yeon Shin, president of New York branch of The Korea Times, have agreed to co-host the 2016 Lunar New Year Parade. (Photo via The Korea Times)

From left: Gang Won Lee, executive director of KAAQ; Paul Yoo, president of KAAQ; Hak Yeon Shin, president of the New York branch of The Korea Times. The two organizations will be co-hosting the 2016 Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing. (Photo via The Korea Times)

The Korean American Association of Queens (KAAQ) and The Korea Times have agreed to co-host the 2016 Lunar New Year Parade this year.

On Jan. 25, Paul Yoo, president of KAAQ; Gang Won Lee, executive director; and Hak Yeon Shin, president of the New York branch of The Korea Times, met at the Korea Times office and agreed to host the 2016 Lunar New Year Parade together, which is a part of the Lunar New Year Festival, and to elevate it into one of the most famous Korean traditional cultural events in New York.

At the meeting, it was agreed that the 2016 Lunar New Year Parade would be co-hosted by KAAQ and The Korea Times, and organized by KAAQ.

Since 1996, KAAQ and the Flushing Chinese Business Association have cooperated in hosting the Lunar New Year festival. Every year, people and organizations from various fields – [including] women and seniors, and [organizations in the fields of] politics, economics, education, religion, sports, volunteer services, culture and arts – have attended and celebrated Asia’s biggest holiday, Lunar New Year.

The parade will start on Feb. 13 at 11 am, from Union Street in front of the 109th Police Precinct. It will proceed onto Sanford Avenue and circle back through Main Street in Flushing. A Chinese organization will head the parade.

H-Mart, the Murray Hill Merchant Association, Spa Castle and The National Unification Advisory Council – New York Area Councils will send four cars decorated with flowers. About 60 Korean organizations and 1,200 people are expected to participate in the parade. After the parade ends, there will be a free tteokguk (Korean rice cake soup) distribution event, a K-pop dance contest and a Korean traditional cultural performance at the KumGangSan and San Soo Kap San restaurants in Flushing.

Paul Yoo, president of KAAQ, said, “I expect, since The Korea Times has the experience and know-how from running the Korean Parade in Manhattan for about 40 years, that they will do much to enhance the Lunar New Year Parade. We will elevate the Lunar New Year Parade to become one of the famous traditional Korean cultural events from which people from other ethnic communities can absorb the Korean culture and that future generations of Koreans would be proud of.”

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