Monday, July 28, 2008

2,000 Chinese-Americans at Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn

Wondering what that huge crowd was in Cadman Plaza Park Saturday?

Senior center budgets are being slashed, so Chinese-Americans in New York are raising money to take care of their seniors.

As part of the fund-raising effort, the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) held a "Honoring the Seniors" walkathon Saturday. Two thousand participants walked from Columbus Park in Manhattan, over the Brooklyn Bridge, to Cadman Plaza Park in Brooklyn. (You can view a video of the walkers streaming into the park, below.) Queens Councilman John Liu was Grand Marshal.

There were refreshments and entertainment at Cadman Park, along with rousing speeches by CPC President Chester Lee, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and others. (BP Markowitz's speech, given while standing on a folding chair, is classic Marty. Check out the bottom video.)

Then the crowd marched back to Manhattan, where there was more entertainment, including a magic show and a math competition.


Here's a video of the walkers streaming into Cadman Plaza Park from the Brooklyn Bridge:

And here's Marty being Marty:

Photos and video by MK Metz

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