The annual cultural extravaganza that is the Chinese New Year is fast approaching – and, with it, comes a host of fabulously colourful music and dance routines staged in Manchester’s City Centre. The highlight of this fantastically popular annual cultural extravaganza is the Chinese New Year Parade.
This year it is the year of the dog! And, as legend has it, people who were born during the years of the dog are known for their loyalty and honesty.
Now with the Manchester celebrations just around the corner and the city boasting the third-largest Chinatown in Europe, Manchester’s festivities, will be among the biggest outside Beijing.
As tradition dictates, as well as the traditional dragon parade, food and drink will play a major part in the festivities. So, make sure you try out the fantastic range of Chinese street food or book in at one of Manchester’s renowned Chinese Restaurants to truly immerse yourselves in the flavour of the occasion.
Chinese New Year takes place on Friday February 16, 2018, with multi-faceted events taking place throughout the Town Centre and Chinatown from Friday to Sunday February 18th when the celebrations will culminate with the stunning dragon parade, accompanied by traditional lion dancing, martial arts displays, food stalls, a funfair with over 20 rides on Charlotte street, and a spectacular fireworks display at 6pm.
On Sunday February 18th, the order of the day will be:
12pm: Martial arts and dance displays in Albert Square
12.30pm: Dragon appears in Albert Square
1pm: Dragon parade marches from the town hall to Chinatown
1.30pm: Dragon parade arrives in Chinatown NCP car park to firecrackers and New Year addresses from VIPs and community leaders.
2pm – 5pm: Lion and Unicorn visit and bless all of the businesses on Chinatown – some businesses will be setting off Chinese firecrackers when visited by the Lion and the Unicorn
Chinese New Year is a series of festive events that anyone can enjoy. Each year, more and more spectators flock to Manchester’s Chinatown to marvel at the colourful festivities – so chose your day and get there early!