Thousands swarmed to Queens’ Flushing Meadows Corona Park over the weekend for the 31st annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival — among them, the city’s top elected official.
Mayor Eric Adams often boasts about his time in the Police Department, during which he donned a bulletproof vest. On Saturday, hizzoner traded in the ballistic armor for a life jacket as he became the first mayor to participate in a boat race during the festival’s three-decade history.
“We are warmed up, we are prepared,” Adams told QNS as he slipped into his light blue cork jacket.
Helming the drumming position for his team, dubbed the City Hall Dragons, Adams faced off against other elected offices such as the Public Advocate’s office, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, and longtime political rival New York City Comptroller Brad Lander.