2018 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade is another important event among the 2018 Hong Kong Chinese New Year Celebrations. Each year, it attracts tens of thousands of fans to witness and experience this dazzling Hong Kong parade. Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific Airlines has sponsored this event for the 19th consecutive year. This year (2018), the 23rd International Chinese New Year Night Parade will enchant both young and old.

In case you are interested in other 2018 Hong Kong Chinese New Year celebrations as well as what else Hongkongners do, you can check the following article:

What to Expect on 2018 Hong Kong International Chinese New Year Night Parade ?

As the past years, the 2018 Hong Kong International Chinese New Year Night Parade consists of three parts : pre-parade party, parade of illuminated floats and street performances. At the same time, street hosts will play some interactive games and give out free souvenirs to the audiences along the road.

9 Illuminated Floats

This year’s International Chinese New Year Night Parade theme is “Best Fortune. World Party“. 9 illuminated and colorful floats will wind its way through the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon) and along the Victoria Harbour front.

As always, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park Hong Kong, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Macau Government Tourism Board and obviously the event sponsor Cathay Pacific will all show up again.

Floats of International Chinese New Year Night Parade in TST

Auspicious Chinese New Year float
(watch on Haiphong Road)

Floats of International Chinese New Year Night Parade in TST

Float of Hong Kong Tourism Board
(watch on Haiphong Road)

Floats of International Chinese New Year Night Parade in TST

Float of Hong Kong Disneyland
(watch on Haiphong Road)

Floats of International Chinese New Year Night Parade in TST

Float of Ocean Park Hong Kong
(watch on Haiphong Road)

Floats of International Chinese New Year Night Parade in TST

Float team of Ocean Park Hong Kong
(watch on Haiphong Road)

Floats of International Chinese New Year Night Parade in TST

Float of Hong Kong Jockey Club
(watch on Haiphong Road)

Floats of International Chinese New Year Night Parade in TST

Float of Lego in 2017 Chinese New Year
(watch at Hong Kong Cultural Center Piazza)

Floats of International Chinese New Year Night Parade in TST

Float of Lion Dance in 2017 Chinese New Year
(watch at Hong Kong Cultural Center Piazza)

1. Cathay Pacific Airways Limited
Theme: Heartfelt Togetherness and Happiness

2. China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Limited
Theme: CCB (Asia) Cruise of New Year Fortune Sets Sail

3. China National Tourism Administration
Theme: Beautiful China — Year of Integrated Tourism 2018

4. Hong Kong Disneyland
Theme: Hong Kong Disneyland – Party with Pluto in the Year of the Dog

5. The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Theme: Striding On for Prosperity

6. Hong Kong Tourism Board
Theme: Best Fortune. World Party.

7. Macao Government Tourism Office
Theme: Experience Macao, Your Own Style

8. Ocean Park Hong Kong
Theme: Ocean Park’s Whiskers & Friends New Year Bash

9. Quality Tourism Services Association
Theme: Quality Brands, Splendid New Year

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Street Live Performances

Aside from the beautiful decorated floats, you are able to watch and enjoy a whole bunch of international performers. There will be marching bands, local dragon and lion dance teams, cheerleading groups, cultural dance performances and costumed cartoon characters (e.g. dressed up as a dog this year) and “cosplayers” giving out souvenirs.

This year, there will be 15 international performing groups and 12 local performing groups in the Night Parade. Locals’ favorite Sanrio team will once again join the party. The recent popular Korean cartoon character Kakao Friends will give their first show in the Hong Kong Chinese New Year Night Parade. It’s the first time for 6 international teams in Hong Kong’s Chinese New Year Night Parade show.

Performers of Hong Kong International Chinese New Year Night Parade in TST

Lion dance performers
(watch on Haiphong Road)

Performers of Hong Kong International Chinese New Year Night Parade in TST

Japanese performers
(watch on Haiphong Road)

Performers of Hong Kong International Chinese New Year Night Parade in TST

Ballerina performers
(watch on Haiphong Road)

Performers of Hong Kong International Chinese New Year Night Parade in TST

Marching band performers
(watch on Haiphong Road)

Performers of Hong Kong International Chinese New Year Night Parade in TST

Illuminating dancers
(watch on Haiphong Road)

Performers of Hong Kong International Chinese New Year Night Parade in TST

Illuminating dancers
(watch on Haiphong Road)

Performers of Hong Kong International Chinese New Year Night Parade in TST

Local marching band
(watch on Haiphong Road)

Performers of International Chinese New Year Night Parade in TST

In 2017 Sanrio characters also joined the parade
(watch on Nathan Road)

Floats of International Chinese New Year Night Parade in TST

Performers from Kumamonto with cute Kumamon bear
in 2017 Chinese New Year
(watch in front of Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza)

American String Band from Philadelphia, USA
Diaboloism, Taiwan (first time)
Hainan Women’s Crystal Troupe, China
Jugglers Vision, Japan (first time)
Kakao Friends, Korea
Kyoto Intercollegiate Festa Kyouen-Sodefure, Japan
Parisian Street Cabaret, France
Sanrio Family, Japan
Seattle Sea Gals, USA (first time)
Shantou Acrobatic Troupe, China
Street Circus, The Netherlands (first time)
Unicycle Circus Theatre Witty Look, Japan
XPOGO Stunt Team, USA (first time)
Zee Comedy Magic & Zeejay Juggler, the Czech Republic (first time)

Avon Lee International Magic
Belly Princess Liina Cheung Dance Company
BLS Dance Production
Hong Kong Chinese Martial Arts Dragon and Lion Dance Association
Hong Kong Cheung Keung Martial Arts Association
Hong Kong Yang Jiang Volunteer Association
Hong Kong Rope Skipping Academy
Infinity Dance Studio
Jean M. Wong School of Ballet
Refiner . Yi Ming . The Moving Drums
The Pegasus Vanguard
TriForce

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Pre-parade Party (18 performers and performer groups)

From 6:00pm to 8:00pm, there will be also Pre-show Street Party to entertain those who arrive earlier. This year, there will 18 single performers (such as magician) or performer groups to warm up the party.

Be assured that this area along the planned concourse will transform into a giant party. Last year’s parade saw over 150,000 people transforming the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui in a gigantic New Year’s Party.

Auxiliary Medical Service
Doris Chui School of Ballet
HKFYG Hong Kong Youth Percussion
Hong Kong Freestyle Football Academy
Hong Kong Rope Skipping Club
Hong Kong Vigor Marching Band
Hong Kong Youth Saxophone Choir
Kids’ Gallery x Face Productions
Link Asset Management Limited
Magician Henry Harrius
Magician Horace Ng
Magician Nelson Chau
Melodies Dance Studio
New Baby Junior Dance Crew
Petite Princess Academy of Dance
Rebel Legion & 501st Legion
Red Nose Hospital Clown Association
SDM Jazz & Ballet Academie

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Route of International Chinese New Year Night Parade

2018 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade will start right in front of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza (Tsim Sha Tsui). Then the parade will proceed to move along Canton Road, Haiphong Road and turn back along Nathan Road to end in front of the Sheraton Hotel Hong Kong in the Salisbury Road.

The first float will arrive in Canton Road around 8:30pm and take around 2 hours until it will arrive at the end point (around 10:30pm).

Route of International Chinese New Year Night Parade

Route of International Chinese New Year Night Parade

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Where are the best location to watch International Chinese New Year Night Parade?

Watch at Hong Kong Cultural Center Piazza – Subject to tickets

If you don’t want to fight with thousands of crowds or wait hours in advance for a good spot, then buying a ticket to watch at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza is a good option.

Seats are set in the spectator stands at Hong Kong Cultural Center Piazza. Tickets are available on a first come first basis ranging between HK$ 300 – 480. It can be purchased at the Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Center at the Star Ferry Concourse in Tsim Sha Tsui (open daily from 8:00am-8:00pm). Ticket sales will start from February 3rd, 2018 onwards.

Watch along the roads of Canton Road, Haiphong Road, Nathan Road – Free of charge

Viewing along the parade route is free of charge. If you would like to have a front row spot, it’s better to get there 1-2 hours in advance. Watching along the road will have opportunities to interact with the performers and even tough the lions and dragons for good luck.

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When is the 2018 Hong Kong International Chinese New Year Night Parade?

The Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade 2018 will last from 8:00pm – 9:45pm on February 16th, 2018. Starting from 6:00pm, there will be several performers and games to warm-up the crowds along the parade route. Spectator stands at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza will open at 7:00pm (for all of you purchased tickets for the parade).

box-info2 Do You Know

  • “In case you would like to enjoy the parade, make sure to arrive way ahead (!) of the scheduled parade time. There are several special traffic arrangements due to the special events and usually, roads will be closed at least 2 hours before and after (!) the event. Make sure to calculate enough time to arrive early at the venue and prepare that it will get very crowded.”

  • “For all of you who won’t make it in time to get along the parade route, the 2017 parade will also be televised in National TV.

  • “For everyone who might have missed the parade and would like to get a closer look at the beautiful floats to take some pictures, there are several opportunities. The floats will be on display at Lam Tsuen from the 17th of Feb to 4th of Mar, 2018.”

box-info2 General Info and Details

schedule February 16th, 2017
clock  8:00pm – 9:45pm
map Canton Road, Haipong Road and Nathan Road of Tsim Sha Tsui
Price Free Admission along the parade route

How to Get to Tsim Sha Tsui ?

train-2-48 By Subway: Take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui station or East Tsim Sha Tsui station.
ferry By Star Ferry: Or take Star Ferry to TST Star Ferry Pier.

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Lam Tsuen Well-Wishing Festival

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Hong Kong Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival

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(Mar 1 - Mar 4, 2018)
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