“East Meets West” at Marco Polo Day Festival

On Saturday, the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council will sponsor its third annual Marco Polo Festival celebrating the cultures of Chinatown and Little Italy. Organizers say: “The Marco Polo Festival, held annually since 2009, symbolically celebrates this special district by invoking the story of the Silk Road, where the ancient markets of Europe and Asia met, marking a new beginning of world commerce and cultural exchange.”

The event includes a procession that begins at 62 Mott St. at 11 a.m., ending on Hester Street between Mott and Mulberry streets. Performances from noon to 4 p.m. include: the New York Chinese Opera Society, Alfio, Dmitri Minucci and The Freemason Lion Dancers.