Press Release

For Immediate Release 


Event Date: July 7th, 2015


Media Contact: David L. Archer, Phone: (914) 299-0837, Email:, Web:


TO: Assignment Desk, Journalists & Photo Journalists


NYC Media Alert: Traditional Dragon Boat Awakening Ceremony


WHAT- Dragon Boat Awakening Ceremony- Buddhist Monks, and Shaolin martial artists to perform, bless and unveil two new dragon boats for the 2015 25th Anniversary Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival In New York. The Year of the Ram.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 7th at 11:00 AM (rain or shine)
WHERE- Father Duffy Sq. in Times Sq. NYC - Across the street from the Times Square Museum & Visitor Center, 7th Ave at 46th & 47th Street (adjacent to the TKTS booth).   
Media, invited guests, elected officials, VIP's, sponsors and traditional Chinese Shaolin Martial Artists will look on as Shi Fu Jie Tong and Shi Fu Ming Yu from World Chan Buddhist Association perform the Traditional Awakening Blessing of the Dragon Boats, “Kicking off” the festivities leading up to the 2015 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York, and bringing prosperity and good fortune to the area and those involved. Dignitaries and invited guests will have the opportunity to Dot the Eye of the Dragon.
“The Dragon Boat Awakening Ceremony ” includes a brief performance from the Shaolin Masters of the Shaolin Temple Overseas headquarters.

The 25th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York is Saturday, August  8 & Sunday, August 9, 9am-5pm. Free, rain or shine. Meadow Lake, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY.