On Monday July 16, 2012, executives and sponsors of the 22nd Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival joined by colorful dancers and several members of a participating team visit the NYSE. Henry Wan, Chairman, Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York, and Anita Chan, Director, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York, rings The Closing BellSM.
Watch a live webcast of The Closing Bell at 3:59 p.m. ET on July 16, 2012. The archive will be available shortly after the event.
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will bring a dragon head and separate tail (approximately 4 feet long) accompanied by a colorful dancer. Photo opportunities will be available of the dragon head and tail on the NYSE trading floor.
About the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in NY 2012
The annual, free 2012 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York, taking place this Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5, 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 22nd 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; Verizon, Time Warner Cable, Con Edison, J.P.Morgan Chase, New York Community Bank, Shanghai Commercial Bank, Resorts World NYC, Wells Fargo, Standard Charter Bank, CLEARWIRE,Flushing Saving Bank, New York Hospital Queens, Panda, Sheraton La Guardia East Hotel, 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 HSBC Bank USA, 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).