Flushing parade welcomes Lunar New Year

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Dignitaries carry the 2018 Lunar New Year Parade parade banner over the Union Street bridge in Flushing — including U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (c.) who brought her dog.
A group from the new Mormon church that opened last year in Flushing marches in the parade.
It’s the biggest day of the year for Peter Tu, the head of the Flushing Chamber of Commerce and perennial grand marshal of the parade.
The World Journal sports two big dragons at the head of the parade.
Pulling a handful of balloons off the World Journal’s float to hand out to kids along the parade route. The World Journal is a Chinese-language newspaper headquartered in College Point.
The borough’s top two NYPD chiefs — David Barrere (l.), who commands the eight southern precincts, and Juanita Holmes, who has the eight in the north — march in the parade.
This boy has the best seat in the house.
K-Pop music blasts from the top of floats sponsored by Korean groups.
In the stationhouse for the 109th Precinct, located at the start of the parade on Union Street, guess who’s daughter is marching in one of the first groups?
At the Queens Botanical Garden, a post-parade celebration starts with a two-man beast.

The Lunar New Year parade in Flushing is so big, it takes more than an hour and a half for all the groups to march by — from dignitaries to church and civic groups to tae kwon do classes. Everyone gets a moment in the sun — or the moon.

Updated 3:39 pm, February 22, 2018
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