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The Chinese New Year International Parade and Performances is one of the largest celebrations during the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong. On Friday, February 16, 2018, thousands of performers will parade down the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui.
It is meant to be an international festival for the whole world with international performers from many countries and international telecasts.
It is an entertainment extravaganza that is a big part of the annual Chinese New Year celebrations in Hong Kong.
Holiday Kickoff: The Tsim Sha Tsui streets hop to the beating music, and the crowds enjoy the parade.
On Chinese New Year's Day, crowds line the streets near Victoria Harbor, as dozens of floats proceed down the streets along with dozens of performing groups and bands. They are accompanied by groups of both professionals and local groups who skate, ride bikes, dance or do martial arts as they go down the streets.
They are of various nationalities. Hong Kong is an international city with influences from around the world.
Route: Starting at the plaza of the Hong Kong Cultural Center near the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui, the procession goes down Canton Road, Haiphong Road and Salisbury Road.
Pre-parade entertainment usually starts at 6:00 or 6:30. Entertainers entertain along the parade route. But the main parade begins at 8 pm. It's free to watch for free along the way.
Grandstand seats: Usually about 3,000 seats are set up where the parade commences. Tickets for these seats are sold through tour agencies such as China Highlights, and about a week or two before, they are put on sale directly to the public. But they are snapped up by eager purchasers quickly within a few hours, so it is difficult for most visitors to get a ticket.
Ticket prices: The prices generally range from about 480 HKD to 300 HKD person. They open for spectators at about 7:00 pm.
Transportation: Buses 6 and 7 along Nathan Road are a quick way to get to the parade area in the Tsim Sha Tsui area. The MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station has several exits along or near the parade route.
Dozens of performing groups and bands participate every year.
In 2014, there were 35 or so floats of companies and associations from around the world, and they were preceded by groups of performers and entertainers of many nationalities.
In 2016, 13 floats representing 10 including countries and regions were featured. There were also performing groups from countries including Germany, Japan, and the Philippines. Performing groups from Hong Kong participated with dragon dances, choreographic rope skipping and dance routines. It shows that Hong Kong is an international city with influences from all over the world.
In 2017, the parade showcased 10 lighted-up floats. It was scaled up to feature over 3,000 local and international performers that is the largest number in the event's history. There were world-champion troupes from around the world.
The troupes included the Taipei Cheerleading Association, Candy King from Russia, the Carnaval de Colores from Spain, and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from the US. The show was broadcast by satellite.
The parade begins in conjunction with the start of the nightly Symphony of Lights that still holds a world record for the largest such urban light display in 2018. The Avenue of Stars next to the Cultural Center is the best place to see the laser lights and the colorful lights of the buildings.
Before the parade, you could tour the attractions and shop and dine. Hong Kong's biggest mall, Harbour City, is open along the parade route and so is iSquare that fills a skyscraper by Nathan Road. Nathan Road is a popular shopping street.
The Spring Festival is the period of heaviest travel in China. The busiest travel days extend from a few days before the Chinese New Year until about 8 days afterwards. Expect higher prices and crowds.
Weather: The weather in February is usually mild and warm or cool and comfortable.
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