Marco Polo Festival

The annual Marco Polo Festival celebrates the Chinese and Italian-American immigrant communities of Little Italy and Chinatown. It is the preeminent New York City occasion to celebrate the rich heritage of Asian and Italian history and culture. In recognition of these dynamic communities, and to celebrate the official Chinatown & Little Italy National Register Historic District designation, New York’s Chinese and Italian communities came together in October 2009 to celebrate the first annual Marco Polo Day, now the Marco Polo Festival.


Annual Marco Polo Pageant and Festival

On October 21, 2017, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council hosted the 9th Annual Marco Polo Pageant and Festival, celebrating the Chinatown & Little Italy Historic District. The pageant featured giant marionettes of Kublai Khan and Marco Polo and began at 11 AM in front of the Chinatown Consolidated Benevolent Association on Mott St., and wound its way through Mott and Mulberry Streets to Grand Street followed by a cultural program and performances the rest of that afternoon. This occasion welcomed the additional participation of the Mongolian Heritage Association.

We look forward to the 10th Anniversary celebration in October 2018.  Stay tuned for event updates.  

The Marco Polo Festival serves as the preeminent New York City occasion to celebrate the rich heritage of Asian & Italian history and culture. 

Check out our events page and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for details and updates as they develop! 


Annual Marco Polo Ambassador Awards Dinner

October 18, 2017

Two Bridges held its 9th Annual Marco Polo Ambassador Awards Dinner on October 18th at which was honored Council Member Margaret Chin for lifetime achievements, as well as were Howard H. Tang, President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Karen King, proprietor of Alleva Dairy– both as ambassadors for outstanding contributions toward the promotion of harmony, goodwill and cooperation of the two immigrant communities of Chinatown and Little Italy. And for the first time, the Marco Polo committee awarded a special scholarship to PS 105 The Blythebourne School in Brooklyn for promoting a curriculum of cultural awareness.