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Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Celebration Event - Quincy
Quincy’s 22nd annual August Moon Festival a multicultural celebration|
Thousands attended Quincy’s 22nd Annual August Moon Festival organized by Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (QARI) which featured performances from Irish step dance and Korean dance to Taiko Drumming and Indian dance. Moon bounces from the South Shore YMCA and bubble tea stands lined Hancock Street and children competed in watermelon eating contests on stage. The festival opened with a dragon and lion dance parade. Chairman of the festival Frank Poon and Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch made the opening remarks.
Mock voting booths set up at the festival allowed Quincy residents the chance to practice the voting process with help from festival volunteers. Residents also had the opportunity to register to vote and to practice filling out the Census.
The weather favored the festival in spite of the rainy forecast because of the local hurricane. Many who attended both Chinatown and Quincy’s August Moon festivals dedicated their time by raising money for victims of this month’s Typhoon Morakot, the deadliest recorded Typhoon to impact Taiwan.
Quincy Asian Resources, INC. located on 1509 Hancock Street was established in 2001. QARI primarily serves the Asian immigrant population of the South Shore through Information & Referral Services, translation, English for Speakers of Other Languages, outreach, volunteering and youth leadership programs(www.quincyasianresources.org). QARI hosts both the August Moon festival and the Lunar New Year festival.
Benson Tang, a Quincy Asian Resources Inc. volunteer and UMASS Boston junior said, “I’ve been volunteering since my freshman year in high school. My father was a founding member of QARI. The festival is going great with a great turnout. We wanted to fit in many cultures this year.”
Natalie Ornell is a Sampan correspondent.
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