The International Chinese New Year Night Parade returns to Hong Kong once again for the Chinese New Year 2018 celebrations.
Expect performers with a canine theme for this year's event at the party to welcome the Year of the Dog takes to the streets of Hong Kong.
The Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade is one of the 2 main events to celebrate the lunar new year in Hong Kong, if you are in town for the party then make sure you also get to see the spectacular Victoria Harbour fireworks display that take place the following evening.
The parade travels through the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui along Canton Road, Haiphong Road and Nathan Road and is made up of a series of colourful, illuminated floats, and the whole area becomes one huge party as locals and visitors alike take to the streets to watch.
As well as the floats, there will be a number of other participants, including visiting performers from around the world. These include dance troupes, including of course the famous dragon and lion dancers, marching bands, stilt walkers, drum bands and hip-hop and jazz dancers.
You can see a map of the full parade route here:
The main parade takes places this year on Friday 16th February.
There will be live entertainment in the streets for several hours leading up to the main parade, which gets underway at 8pm.
If you would like to experience the build up entertainers as well as securing a decent vantage point for viewing the parade we would recommend you aim to get down there no later than 6pm.
In recent years the live coverage of the parade has become much more widely available, the TVB Jade Hong Kong television coverage of the night parade also being shown as a live stream online, so we anticipate the same again for the 2018 parade:
The official site also has some excellent views captured by Google Street View during the 2013 Night Parade and also at the Victoria Park Lunar New Year Fair - view them here:
If you're planning on visiting Hong Kong over the Chinese New Year period, then you can expect all of the island's many top hotels will be very busy so be aware that premium rates will apply accordingly.
The best deals can generally be obtained by booking well in advance. You can search, check availability and book local hotels here.
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