East meets West as Chinatown and Little Italy come together on Saturday, October 15 at the third annual Marco Polo Festival. The festival starts at 11 a.m. with a procession from 62 Mott Street and travels through the neighborhood ending on Hester Street between Mott and Mulberry Streets. Performances take place between 12 and 4 pm with cultural performances including the New York Chinese Opera Society, Alfio, Dmitri Minucci, The Freemason Lion Dancers and others. The event will be hosted by John Leo of Con Edison and sponsored by Two Bridges Neighborhood Council.
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 Chinatown & Little Italy Historic District is New York City’s only National Register Historic District that recognizes two unique cultural communities. This single district, encompassing the historic cores of both Little Italy and Chinatown, acknowledges the long and ongoing relationship of these two vibrant and dynamic immigrant neighborhoods.