Marco Polo Festival Returns to Chinatown and Little Italy

TBNC Marco Polo Festival 2019

The Marco Polo Festival returns to Chinatown and Little Italy on Saturday, October 19. This year promises a family pageant that will flow through the streets.

They write:

Two Bridges Neighborhood Council will host its 11TH Annual Marco Polo Street Pageant and Festival (“Festival”) with a grand pageant through the streets  of  Chinatown  and  Little  Italy on  Saturday,  October  19, 2019,  followed  with the Silk Road Ambassador Awards Dinner ( “Dinner”) at  6:00  PM  on  the  evening  of  October 22, 2019  at  the  Golden  Unicorn  Restaurant.

The Festival, which will feature towering marionettes of Kublai Khan and Marco Polo, begins at  noon in front of the Chinatown Consolidated Benevolent Association on 62 Mott St., and will wind its way  through  Mott  and  Mulberry  Streets  to  Grand  Street,  followed  by  music and dance performances the rest of that afternoon.

Both the Festival and Dinner are  intended to commemorate more than a century of  coexistence  of  these  two  immigrant  communities, and a celebration of the rich  literary,  cultural  and  artistic  heritage  of  their  respective Asian and Southern European origins. Marco Polo (1254-1324), the famed Venetian merchant-traveler to the court of Kublai Khan, is chosen as a symbol for this special occasion.