Boston Chinese New Year Parade 2024

Sun Feb 18 2024 at 10:00 am to 03:00 pm

Phillips Square | Boston

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Boston Chinese New Year Parade 2024

Boston's huge and colorful Chinese New Year Parade usually (but not always) takes place each year on the second Sunday after the beginning of Chinese New Year. 

The Chinese Near Year Parade held in honor of the Lunar New Year marks the biggest annual celebration in Boston's Chinatown home to the third largest Chinese community in the U.S. 

The parade starts at 10am on February 18 2024 at Phillips Square (corner of Harrison Ave and Beach Street) and finishes at 3pm.

Chinese New Year Parade Route

The Chinese New Year Parade route winds around the streets of Chinatown and gives you a great opportunity to see traditional Lion Dances - and a perfect excuse to visit one of the neighborhood's wonderful restaurants.

After the parade's initial procession around the neighborhood lion dances take place simultaneously in multiple locations going from business to business up and down all the streets smaller lanes and alleys.  You'll typically see performances along Kneeland Street Essex Street Harrison Ave and several smaller side streets - sometimes all happening at once.

If the weather is good - meaning no strong wind pouring rain or heavy snow - the parade also includes dragon dances.

Each procession typically includes a pair of "lions" a Buddha/Clown attendants and music ensembles with gongs cymbals and drums who set the emotional and rhythmic pace of the dance. 

At the end firecrackers are exploded to scare away evil spirits and bring the restaurant luck for the coming year. 


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Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Phillips Square, 1 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111, United States


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