COLOURFUL PARADE

Published on 6 February 2017

This year’s Chingay Parade from 10-11 February continues its tradition of being a vibrant, multicultural street performance and float parade. Over 8,000 volunteers will be suited up in wonderfully ornate costumes to wow the crowds. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect.

By MELANIE LEE

POWER COUPLE

Photo: People’s Association

This “Maiden & The Boat Man” costume is featured in the “Yesteryears” segment. As its name suggests, it’s all about getting nostalgic about what Singapore has gone through as country over the years. We love how the prop is part of the costume!

GLOWING YOUTH

Photo: People’s Association

This costume, which is for the youths performing in the “Towards and Inclusive and Loving Community” segment, is all about standing out. It comprises white overalls splashed with fluorescent paint and a white and orange rain poncho attached to it. Even their shoelaces will be LED!

KAMPONG PROPS

Photo: People’s Association

Performers for “The Golden Vision” segment will be dressed in shimmery traditional Malay “baju” and will be carrying pots, pans and movable satay carts, making reference to the good ol’ kampong days where people would sell satay in movable carts alongside the roads.

TRADITION MEETS SCI-FI

Photo: People’s Association

The Indian dancers for the “Joy of Rhythms” segment will be bearing Kolattam sticks illuminated with LED lights, making them look like Asian Jedi Knights.

FLOWER NYMPHS

Photo: People’s Association

This segment titled “Paint with One Heart” has dancers prancing out in purple tutus, flower poles and hats. Some of the dancers will also be scooping water to resemble a waterfall – who knew ballet and water play go so well together?

For more details and ticketing information, visit their website http://chingay.org.sg

DID YOU KNOW?

• Chingay means “the art of costume and masquerade” in Hokkien.

• Singapore held its first Chingay Parade in 1973. It was organised partly to “make up” for the 1972 ban on firecrackers. Today, it is the largest street performance and float parade in Asia.

• There are also Chingay parades in Johor Bahru and Penang.

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