Frequently Asked Questions
The parade is scheduled for Sunday, February 18, 2018 with a 2pm Parade Start. Come early to have lunch at one of the many restaurants in Chinatown then grab a curb-side seat along the parade route. The largest crowds form around 6th & H Streets, so moving one or two blocks away will give you a better view of parade entries.
This is the Year of the Dog and this year will be the biggest and most dynamic parade ever with traditional Chinese lions, dragons and such but including a variety of other parade groups sure to please such as…Batala Washington, Washington Wizards mascot – G-Wiz, Girl Scouts of America, US Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corp, the Whitman High School Drumline, Fortune Cookie Tossers, Almas Shriners and their Clowns driving miniature vehicles and much much more!
The parade is about seven (7) blocks long starting from 6th & I Street winding around Chinatown and proceeding under the arch towards the final stage at 6th & H Street. The parade takes about 50 minutes from start to finish.
We anticipate the firecracker finale to start sometime between 3:45pm and 4pm.
We have invited numerous VIPs including the DC Mayor, Muriel Bowser; Republic of China (Taiwan’s) Cultural Representative, Mr. Pu-tsung King; The CCBA’s Chairman, Mr. Wallace Lee; various other local and national government officials; and others.
The best way to get to and from the parade is to use METRO, which takes you right to Gallery Place Chinatown.
The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) is the host of the parade and coordinates the sponsorship, logistics, participation and all other facets of the parade and related activities.