The showstopping final day of Manchester’s Chinese New Year celebrations sees Albert Square and Chinatown burst into life in an eruption of colour, music, fireworks and the unmissable Dragon Parade.
Gather from 12 noon to see the dazzling 175-foot Dragon and music performances in Albert Square followed by The Dragon Parade from 1pm as it makes its dramatic way from here to Chinatown. Our favourite viewing point is the raised areas outside Manchester Art Gallery.
Celebrations continue from 2 – 5pm in Chinatown itself with classical Chinese lion dances and two stages of Chinese music, acrobatics and more dancing. Street food can also be found here and our top tip if you fancy a seated approach is to get down early if you can and bagsy a table with the best views of the parade and all the celebrations on the first floors of the restaurants lining George Street, Nicholas Street and Faulkner Street.
We love a good fireworks display and Manchester’s Chinese New Year fireworks finale at 6pm in Chinatown will be one of the most razzly-dazzly of the year – appropriately so for the year of the Fire Rooster.
This is the sort of event that Manchester does so well for families with plenty of thrilling activity alongside great locations like the Art Gallery, Town Hall, Library and many great restaurants of Chinatown to duck into and explore on the way.