If a single event could capture the essence of Singapore’s unique multicultural personality, it would be the Chingay Parade–an annual marvel of dazzling floats, dancing dragons and stilt walkers.
It may be held during the Chinese New Year festivities, but this wondrous event brings together people and performances from across the spectrum of Singaporean culture; celebrated by Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians alike.
With all its noise and gaiety, the parade was mooted over four decades ago as a way to compensate for the ban that had been placed on firecrackers, a customary New Year practice to drive away evil spirits.
Today, the Chingay Parade is the largest street performance and float parade in Asia–a shimmering celebration and parade that extends from the original F1 Pit Building, via the back of Singapore Flyer, to the NS Square (Marina Bay floating platform), where River Hongbao is also held. The parade route will also make its way across the heartland of this country.
With more space for audiences to the Chingay Parade, visitors are bound to get a glimpse into what makes Singapore so unique.