- Posted February 9, 2014 by
New York City, New York
Team iReport featured this story
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Photo essays: Your stories in pictures
New York’s Flushing Chinatown Celebrates Chinese New Year
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
New York is host to dozens of parades throughout the year. Some are larger, some are louder, but none rival this Lunar New Year event for the sheer riot of color on display. Red and yellow dragons wend their way through streets of red-coated marching bands, yellow-clad Falun Dafa drummers, and men, women, and children dressed in brightly colored traditional costumes. And all moving to the throbbing beat of Chinese drums, symbols, and gongs.
As an indication of the growing political power of this vibrant neighborhood, a number of state politicians put in appearances, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, and New York City Public Advocate Letitia James. Following the parade, many of them shared a stage with Congresswoman Grace Meng and a host of representatives from Flushing’s Asian business community.
The removal of rent control from hundreds of inexpensive Manhattan Chinatown apartments in recent years, together with burgeoning immigration from Beijing, Shanghai, Taiwan and Malaysia has contributed to Flushing’s explosive growth. If the trend continues, next year I may need to don one of those dragon costumes myself to get a good view of the parade.