More than 100-thousand people are expected to converge on Sara D. Roosevelt Park this weekend for an event that planners say will be bigger and better than ever before: The New York Lunar New Year Flower Festival. To celebrate the Year of the Tiger, there will be live performances, educational cultural displays, booths featuring items from local businesses and, of course, flowers.
While New York has had flower festivals in the past, they have tended to be fairly small. This year, for the first time, Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) and the United East Athletics Association are teaming up to orchestrate an event they say will “rival the largest and most bustling flower festivals held in Asia’s biggest cities.” AAFE Executive Director Chris Kui says his organization was enthusiastic about getting behind the Flower Festival, not only as a community building opportunity, but also to help lift up small businesses struggling to survive. Dozens of shops and organizations will be represented during the two-day event.