THE LUNAR NEW YEAR ENDS WITH A PARADE
The Chingay Parade marks the end of the 15 day Lunar New Year celebratory period here in Singapore. "Chingay", derived from the Chinese term zhuangyi, meaning “the art of masquerading”. This is a reference to the stages or floats depicting religious and historical scenes, carried on the shoulders of men in religious festivals, rooted in China.
This parade, held at the Pit Building in Singapore, was quite a sight to see. There were 10,000 performers! Yes, you read that right, performers! Modern day pyrotechnic technology and the mass numbers of performers, making the parade a spectacular light and movement show that was pretty special.
The Parade was due to start at 8pm with a pre-parade show starting at 7pm. The Pit Building in Singapore is home to the Formula One Grand Prix, held here in September. The venue lent itself perfectly for this parade.
Some snaps, taken pre-show, lots of performers wandering around.
Beautiful colors and faces!
We make it to our seats. My husband found the compare or MC, quite annoying lol! It was quite cheesey I have to admit. A lot of folks did not arrive until nearer to 8pm, when the main show was due to start. In hindsight, this was the smart thing to do. Oh well, we will know for next year - not sure I will be able to drag my husband there again though. He is not the pom pom waving, doing the wave, cheering "Chingay, Chingay we are one", kind of guy lol!
The floats were just amazing, so colorful and inventive. The most striking thing had to be the vast amount of performers in each segment. Like I said in the beginning, 10,000 - it just blows the mind! At one point there were 1,200 people, young and old doing Zumba. Check out this You Tube video.