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Manchester’s legendary Chinese New Year Dragon Parade confirmed for return in 2024

And it's actually the 'Year of the Dragon' this year as well.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 28th December 2023

Manchester’s legendary Dragon Parade will make its way through the city centre once again this year, it has been confirmed.

As Manchester gets ready to celebrate Chinese New Year 2024, and mark what will actually be the ‘Year of the Dragon’ itself, there arguably couldn’t be a better time for the city’s iconic and Dragon Parade to make a return to the streets of our city centre, and bring a spectacular show of colour and light along with it.

In case you’re unfamiliar with what the Dragon Parade is all about, it’s the focal point of the city’s annual Lunar New Year celebrations – and it’s a real spectacle, to say the least.

The parade is known for attracting thousands of visitors from all across the region each year.

Headlining the festivities, the popular parade is set to take place on Sunday 11 February 2024.


Once again, organisers are expecting visitors in their thousands to turn out and watch as the famous 175ft Chinese dragon weaves its way through the city’s main shopping streets.

Kicking off from 12pm onwards, the dragon will be accompanied by traditional lion and ribbon dancers, Chinese Opera performers, 12 Zodiac animals, and even Ancient Army characters, as they all make their way to Manchester’s popular Chinatown, where there’ll be even more cultural celebrations and activities to get involved with.


Chinatown will be home to a live performance stage, a fun fair, and loads of stalls serving up tasty and authentic street food.

All the action in Chinatown will start from midday right through to 7pm.

There’ll also be a whole host of New Year celebrations in Manchester’s Chinatown / Credit: CityCo & Manchester BID

As always, this year’s celebrations – which have been organised by the Federation of Chinese Associations of Manchester (FCAM), in partnership with Manchester Business Improvement District (BID) and Manchester City Council – will also see the return of Manchester’s famous traditional red lanterns all around town.


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So as soon as 2024 arrives, get ready to look up above as you walk around as the little lanterns will be there to brighten the city’s streets in the run-up to Chinese New Year.

Further details of all the Chinese New Year 2024 celebrations will be confirmed in early 2024.

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