Frequently Asked Questions
The parade is scheduled for Sunday, January 26, 2020 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 Rat 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 Washington Wizards mascot – G-Wiz, Girl Scouts of America, DC’s Different Drummers, Leadership Greater Washington 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; Republic of China (Taiwan’s) Cultural Representative; The CCBA’s Chairman; various other local and national government officials; Chinatown elders; 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.
The #1 secret is great weather. When it’s sunny and warm, there will be throngs of people and frenzy in the air. The #2 secret is all the volunteers from both the CCBA and the CYC. Between the two organizations, there are over 100 volunteers who come early and stay late to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Parade participants are by invitation only due to the limited space and availability. It is the responsibility of the parade committee to evaluate, approve and confirm all parade participants. If organizations are interested, please fill out an application form and we will notify you soon.