Saturday 17 October 2015, 11:00am - 03:00pm
CELEBRATE THE 7TH ANNIVERSARY OF NEW YORK CITY’S MARCO POLO FESTIVAL!
7th Annual Marco Polo Festival
October 17, 2015
On Saturday, October 17th from 11:00AM - 3:00PM, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council will host the 7th Annual Marco Polo Festival, celebrating the Chinatown & Little Italy Historic District, and the special relationship between the Chinese and Italian American communities of Manhattan’s Chinatown & Little Italy. Now its seventh year, the Marco Polo Festival serves as the preeminent New York City occasion to celebrate the rich heritage of Asian & Italian history and culture.
For the first time in the festival's history, photographer, author and explorer, Denis Belliveau, will host a pop-up Silk Road Museum on Grand Street, featuring artifacts collected by Denis during his Emmy ® nominated, acclaimed documentary film, “In The Footsteps of Marco Polo”. See below for full festival schedule and details.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2015
& Grand Street Stage Cultural Performances
11:00AM – 3:00PM
At 11:00AM, witness the breathtaking procession of large-scale Marco Polo and Kublai Khan marionettes and the magnificent hand-painted 50 foot long Silk Road banner parade through the streets of Chinatown & Little Italy by local youth, musicians and more!
The pageant procession ends at the Grand Street Stage where a unique combination of music and cultural performances takes place. Programming includes traditional Chinese & Italian Opera, folk dances, contemporary Chinese & Italian instrumental performances and more!
Featuring performances by:
ANNOUNCING NEW ADDITION TO 2015 PROGRAMMING:
POP-UP SILK ROAD MUSEUM
For the first time in the festival's history, photographer, author and explorer, Denis Belliveau, will host a pop-up Silk Road Museum featuring artifacts collected by Denis during his Emmy ® nominated, acclaimed documentary film, “In The Footsteps of Marco Polo”. Artifacts will be on display in a one-of-a-kind Yurt tent, and will include antique colorful gowns from Central Asia and China, silkworm cocoons and an Afghan horse crop quirt given to Denis by the Shah of the Wakhan Corridor, its well-worn handle made of Marco Polo sheep bone.
The 7th Annual Marco Polo Festival is Free & Open to the Public.
No Tickets Required. Rain or Shine.
- Procession begins at 11:00AM in front of 62 Mott Street (between Canal and Bayard). Procession can best be viewed on Mulberry Street (from Bayard Street to Grand Street)..
- Performances begin at 12:00PM at the Grand Street Stage between Mott & Mulberry Streets.
- Click here for a detailed map of the procession route and festival.
Each year the Marco Polo Festival brings together families and friends for an exciting, entertaining week of music, festivities and food from both the Italian and Chinese community. The festival invokes the story of the Silk Road, and interprets the story of the encounter between the famed Venetian merchant-traveler, Marco Polo (1254-1324), and the innovative Mongolian ruler Kublai Khan (1215- 1294), as a parallel of the historic encounter and lived experiences of the Chinese & Italian immigrants on Mott and Mulberry Streets during America’s most important period of immigrant history.
To illuminate the common heritage and shared future of two of New York City’s most iconic immigrant communities, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council spearheaded the successful nomination of the Chinatown & Little Italy Historic District to the State and National Register of Historic Places in 2009. To date, the district remains New York City’s only National Register Historic District that recognizes two unique cultural communities.
The 7th Annual Marco Polo Festival is made possible with support from
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Special Thanks to
Volunteer at the 7th Annual Marco Polo Festival!
Festival Volunteers can sign up to march in the festival procession and/or work alongside Two Bridges staff on event set-up and breakdown.
Director of Development