Radoes Steel Orchestra
at the 3rd International Moon Festival


As the sun settled down for the evening, the crowd geared up in anticipation of the 3rd International Moon Festival which is celebrated by multiple Asian nations, as parade participants warmed up for their multicultural show at the Flushing Mall car park in Queens.  Organized by the Flushing Development Center, the festival previously carded for September 13, but cancelled probably due to concerns about inclement weather, was now underway exactly one week later on a glorious Saturday evening. 


Shortly after six PM, Chinese instrumentalists, dancers, other Asian martial arts school students, carnival masqueraders from the Trinidad-Caribbean community who first appeared in the Labor Day parade on Eastern Parkway, and Radoes Steel Orchestra - all delighted onlookers who gathered during the Lantern Parade, taking a route which would run along Main Street in Flushing and eventually end at the Queens Botanical Gardens.


The NAACP representatives led off the event, followed by Ms. Chinese America 2003 and the competition's second place runner-up.  Dancers and other artistes performed as they made their way up Main Street.  Radoes Steel Orchestra brought up the rear, their small contingent playing "Passion", the selection which brought them third place honors in New York's 2003 Panorama.  After detaching their racks and pans to negotiate a street made even narrower by vehicles parked on either side, Radoes played their way along a busy and crowded Main Street, causing passers-by to stop in amazement at the sights and sounds of the steelband.


Two key people behind the event were Fred Fu - President of the Flushing Chinese Business Association (FCBA) -  whose diligent work paid off handsomely in tribute to the International Moon Festival, and Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Queens Botanical Garden - a gracious and welcoming hostess to everyone who was at the venue for the multicultural event which demonstrated appreciation and unification of the representative traditions being showcased.


At the end of the parade route - the Botanical Gardens, Mr. Fu welcomed all to the Multicultural Performance, and saw to it that each and everyone of its sponsors from the community - including Community Board 7, the Masjid Hazrat-I-Abubakr, the Jewish Community Council, both the Business Chinese and Korean-American Associations - was introduced and recognized in turn.  Then the dancers, martial arts students, carnival masqueraders, Chinese musicians, and other performers, treated the crowd to multiple presentations of each other's cultures and customs.  All but Radoes had a chance to actually take the stage inside the Botanical Gardens - the steel Orchestra's racks and stands being too large to come through the entrance gates.  But for a while after all had entered the Gardens, the sweet sounds of steel wafted determinedly through the air, staking claim to its place at the 2003 Moon Festival.


By CP - Basement Press Release Writer





Date: 9.20.03










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