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Snowstormstops Elmhurst’s First Lunar New Year Parade

Part Of Celebrating ‘Year Of Snake’

Last weekend’s blizzard snowed out the inaugural Asian Lunar New Year Day Parade in Elmhurst, and organizers have yet to announce a makeup date for the march celebrating the “Year of the Snake.”

The parade was set to take place along Broadway last Saturday mornon ing, Feb. 9, but was postponed the day earlier based on forecasts of a snowstorm which ultimately dumped a foot or more of snow across Queens between last Friday night and Saturday morning.

The procession was the latest addition to a program celebrating the lunar new year in Elmhurst, which organizers said has been growing in popularity since its inception back in 2011.

“We were very much looking forward to ushering in the Year of the Snake on Saturday,” said City Council Member Daniel Dromm in announcing the parade’s postponement last Friday. “Since this year’s celebration includes our first ever Lunar New Year parade along Broadway, we decided to postpone our event in light of the expected snowstorm.”

Dromm along with the Asian Community United Society and WellCare co-organized the parade and celebration. The march was set to take place along Broadway between C.C. Moore Homestead Park (near Elmhurst Avenue) and St. James Church (near Corona Avenue). Rep. Grace Meng was named the first grand marshal.

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