IT'S LYNNY KANSAS
DON'T LET THE RUBY SLIPPERS,
OR THE DOROTHY INSPIRED NICKNAME
FOOL YOU., THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME,
BUT TRAVELING IS FUN.
THE LUNAR NEW YEAR ENDS WITH A PARADE
Chingay parades in Singapore had ceased in 1906. Firecrackers had become a major element of the Lunar New Year period, however the use of firecrackers was getting out of hand, causing too many deaths, injuries and property damage, this led to them being banned. To fill the void, the Government re-established the Chingay Parade in 1972. Since then the parade has grown and grown. Participants from all walks of life and ethnicities here in Singapore taking part.
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.
Finally, after a lot of pom pom waving, whistle blowing and singing of "Chingay, Chingay, we are one" , the main show begins.
I really enjoyed myself at the parade, I enjoyed the music, which varied immensely. At one point, an old S Club song, Reach, came on and I was singing along (I can just hear the embarrassing groans from my kids now lol!) It brought back memories of my time in Connecticut when the kids were little and used to put on little shows (even louder groans of embarrassment!).
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.
Finally, to cap off this post. I put together my own video of some footage I took. I apologize in advance for the quality of this video. I took it with my Nikon D90, which is not so great for video. I need an I-Phone asap ha ha! Anyway, if you can stick with it, awesome!
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