Our 26th anniversary HKDBF NY 2016 features events for the entire family, an opening day parade at noon on Saturday and the US Dragon Boat Open Championship Race on Sunday. Racing both days from 9am-5pm.
Racing prizes this year include six round trip tickets to Hong Kong provided by DELTA and six two night stays provided by the Regal Hotel, Hong Kong. Some of the attractions taking place during the festival include several new races, the Hong Kong Family Invitational, the Hong Kong Business Invitational, the Hong Kong Educational Invitational and the Municipal Invitational race featuring various teams from our elected officials, Mayor De Blasio, Queens Borough President Katz, Congresswoman Meng and Assemblyman Kim's office were invited to field a team as well as the NYC government agencies NYPD, NYFD, DEP and Parks Department. Other special races include the 105th anniversary Queens Chamber Invitational, the Health Care Invitational, the Educational Invitational, the Women's Invitational, and the Senior's Invitational.
This year's Corporate Invitational looks to be a good one, with thirteen Corporate Teams joining us to race for their companies.
There are also special youth, women and sponsor races, plus a Media challenge and a Charity race featuring approximately $10,000 to be donated to the charities designated by the competing teams. Each of them will contribute $2500 to put in the charity fund. Over the years the Charity Race has contributed in excess of $250,000 to various NYC charities.
The program on the Main Stage showcases the best Regional multicultural artists and traditional music/dance from across the globe. The ever popular Shaolin Monks return for performances on both days. The New York Daily News brings back the CASYM Steel Orchestra. Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk joins us for the first time. In addition, we have demonstrations of traditional Asian folk arts and crafts, booths staffed by sponsors and many community-based organizations. Our enhanced food court offers several different ethnic cuisines. The sampling area has several new vendors this year.