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New Director officiates at 24th Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York

In its 24th year, the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York saw a record 197 teams, with more than 2,500 paddlers, racing on Meadows Lake at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens on August 9-10.

Newly appointed Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York (HKETONY) Steve Barclay enthusiastically took part in the Festival for the first time and officiated at the opening ceremony of the Festival. He also participated in the ceremonial eye-dotting alongside other distinguished guests.

Mr Barclay noted that the Festival has grown over the years, and includes an array of international music, dances, martial arts displays and crafts exhibitions, with a cultural session featuring a rock band for the first time.

On August 6, Mr Barclay joined Festival chairman Henry Wan and other dignitaries to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

The first Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York was launched by HKETONY in 1991. It has since grown into one of the largest multicultural festivals in the New York metropolitan area and the biggest festival of its kind in the U.S. It has become a prominent event on the summer calendar for New York City.

Steve Barclay, Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York along with other sponsors participating in an eye dotting ceremony before the start of the race.
Steve Barclay, Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York along with other sponsors participating in an eye dotting ceremony before the start of the race.
 
Steve Barclay, Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York together with one of the winning teams on the first day of the races.
Steve Barclay, Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York together with one of the winning teams on the first day of the races.

 


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