Lion dancers, fireworks, and all sorts of traditional performances will be roaming the streets of Chinatown at this year's Chinese New Year Parade. Are you ready, D.C.?

Start off the Year of the Rat with a bang in Chinatown this year. The annual parade delights thousands as it makes its way through the D.C. streets.

From kung fu demonstrations to traditional Chinese music and dance, you'll be enthralled by all of the performances planned for this year. Local dance troupes, musicians, and marching bands will help ring in the Year of the Rat with this giant street party.

dragon dance

Event Details

WHEN: Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Parade starts at 6th and I Streets NW in Chinatown.
PARKING: Extremely limited street parking, but there is hourly garage parking in the vicinity.
METRO: Gallery Place-Chinatown is the closest station.

Chinese New Year, parade

Know Before You Go

  • The majority of the parade route is standing-room-only. If someone in your group needs seating, bring a folding camp chair and set up a bit out of the way.
  • Bring a stroller for toddlers; the crowds are heavy, and getting around is not easy.
  • While leashed pets are not prohibited, there will be fireworks so you probably want to leave Fluffy at home.

  • The parade lasts for approximately 50 minutes, and the most congested area will be right at the beginning of the route. For a little more personal space, head further down to one of the later intersections.
  • The firework finale will occur at the end of the parade and main stage performances, between 3:30 and 4 p.m.


**The photos in this article are courtesy of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of DC on Facebook.

For more information, including updates and a photo gallery of past parades, check out the event website.

Will you be attending this year's Chinese New Year Parade? What is your favorite performance of the day? Let us know in the comments!