Chingay 2012

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Hi Huneybees,

Have you guys got the Chingay 2012 on TV last week? I got the honours of watching it live! In fact, I used to watch it live when the Chingay used to be on the streets of Orchard Road. I remember my parents would make us have dinner super early and we would drive down to Orchard Road and find a lamp post that has the best view for us to gather around and watch the Parade.

Daddy would always be the best, letting me sit on his shoulders so that I could get a better view of the parading floats that would 'drive' down Orchard Road. Those were the days ~ 

But in the recent years, Chingay has changed locations and this year, the organizers have created a 360 metrs waterway for the performers to walk in.

Chingay 2012 is centered on the theme of "Love, Care and Kindness Everywhere", on a colourful celebration of love in all its guises, flowing with passion, romance, harmony and community spirit as they marked their 40th year anniversary.

A dazzling extravaganza of colours and cultural diversity, Chingay Parade Singapore is known for its resplendent floats and multi-cultural local and international performances that are an insight to our festive traditions and delight the hearts of many Singaporeans and tourists.
The word Chingay is from the Hokkien dialect, of which the Mandarin equivalent is Zhuang Yi (??), meaning "the art of masquerade". The festival began as a neighbourhood parade with only Chinese elements in 1973. Today, the Chingay Parade has evolved to be the grandest street and floats parade in Asia, showcasing the rich, vibrant multi-culturalism of Singapore and exciting cultures all over the world. To all Singaporeans, the next Chingay Parade is a parade of our people, our dreams and our pride!  

This year is the Dragon Year and they have brought back the Singapore's first pair of 88 metre long dragons-in-the-sky (飞龙在天) and it was amazing to see the strong men pulling the dragons from below against the strong wind. Amazing and spectacular piece of performance!

Performers made a splashing and spectacular stunts and exhilarating acts with water. Below are some of the photos I have taken on that day. I still have more photos to come, but camera's with hubby (on his overseas trip), I will definitely post more when he comes back. :)

Hosts: Jamine Lai, Gurmit Singh, Michelle Chong.

The Straw Dragon.
That had incense sticks all over the body.

A special thanks to Nuffnang and for the ticket to Chingay 2012!


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