Lunar New Year Parade and Festival 2024 | New York by Rail

february, 2024

25febAll DayLunar New Year Parade and Festival 2024(All Day: sunday) Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Chrystie St &, Forsyth St

Event Details

Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

The 24th Annual Chinatown festival, with dancing dragons, martial arts performances, delicious food and more.

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Step into the festive spirit of the Lunar new Year with the resplendent Lunar New Year Parade & Festival, in the bustling heart of Chinatown, New York City. This much-anticipated event heralds the start of the Lunar New Year 2024, weaving together the threads of ancient customs and contemporary vibrancy against the city’s skyline. From Little Italy to Chinatown, the streets come alive with the grandeur of dragon dances, enchanting onlookers and encapsulating the Lunar New Year’s ethos. Embrace the Year of the Dragon with this magnificent celebration!

Festival Highlights:

Open to everyone and free of charge, the festival kicks off at 1:00 pm, promising an enriching cultural journey along the streets of lower Manhattan. For an optimal experience, guests are advised to arrive early as the most coveted spots to witness the parade are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Street vendors will dot the landscape, offering unique spins on classic Chinese fare.

The Lunar New Year Parade and Festival invites one and all to partake in a celebration that is as much about unity as it is about festivity. Parade viewers will be surrounded by color and sound, treated to elaborate floats and energetic performances that pay homage to Chinese New Year customs and the broader Chinese cultural heritage. The revered dragon represents an emblem of power, strength, and good fortune in Chinese culture – auspicious omens for 2024!

Cultural Significance

The Lunar New Year encapsulates traditions ingrained in Chinese culture for millennia. It is a period dedicated to honoring ancestors, ushering in wealth and luck for the year ahead, and reveling in the warmth of family and friends. The Chinatown parade vibrantly showcases these customs, juxtaposing them against one of the world’s most modern cities.

This exciting cultural parade and festival is the perfect outing for friends, family, and people of all ages. Attendees can look forward to a parade that exalts the Chinese NEw year and its rich cultural tapestry. With an array of floats and performances set to line the streets, parade-goers will encounter traditional Chinese icons and mythical beings like dragons. Moreover, visitors should seize the opportunity to sample a vast selection of traditional and modern Chinese dishes.

Take Amtrak to the Lunar New Year Parade and Festival

Attend the festival via Amtrak to Penn Station in New York City—Don’t forget to use the Amtrak See New York and Save 15% discount!

Considering gifting this experience? Check out Amtrak gift cards, making for a thoughtful present. Allow loved ones to create their own travel memories. For those affiliated with the Rail Passengers Association, make sure to take advantage of your membership discount. And for students eager to explore New York’s wonders, exclusive travel discounts are waiting just for you. Make this Lunar New Year unforgettable by starting with a scenic ride to the heart of the celebration!


All Day (Sunday)


Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Chrystie St &, Forsyth St