Chingay 2015 Singapore will be held on Friday and Saturday, the 27th and 28th of February 2015. It will be held at 8pm at the F1 Pit Building.
This will be the most spectacular performance ever since this is part of the SG50 celebration.
This year at Chingay 2015, you will see Singaporeans coming forward to hand-make recycled plastic flowers from used plastic bags to express their love for Singapore and 1 million flowers will be presented at the parade. Be prepare to see a display of multi-national and multi-cultural performance with contingents from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey!
As with any parade, be ready to be stunned by the display of lights and sound with stunning floats of up to 18 metres long. There will be gravity-defying acrobatic stunts pulled off by giant flag bearers and stilt walkers, impressive lion and dragon dances with spectacular visual treats such as waterway parade, fire and snow effects and many more performances.
The Chingay Parade is a traditional Chinese New Year procession that has grown in recent years to become a massive street parade, boasting a stunning array of dancers, street floats, jugglers, percussionists, lion and dragon dancers, clowns and acrobats, among others.
The parade has its origins in China, where processions of a similar ilk were held for two weeks after the Lunar New Year to welcome the season of spring. The name “Chingay” was coined from its Hokkien dialect equivalent, meaning “the art of costume and masquerade”, and is a longstanding tradition dating back to 1973, when the first parade was organised.
During Chinese New Year, head down to the Formula One Pit Building at the Marina Waterfront for the Chingay Parade. Recently moved from Orchard Road to this stadium-like venue to accommodate more spectators, you’ll get your fill of international and local acts on mobile floats to other varied forms of street gaiety.
Join in as Singaporeans and visitors alike party up and down the streets during the festival as a symbolic gesture of their anticipation of the Spring bloom. Various lion and dragon dances are also held during this time – with acts such as Singapore’s People’s Association Firecracker Dragons Dance, a magnificent and awe-inspiring combination of dance and pyrotechnic acts, where valiant performers weave through acrobatically under bright red burning sparklers.
In recent years, the festival has evolved with Asian and global influences, with many performers from various organisations, schools and institutions dancing to street music in a myriad of glittering, colourful costumes. Since the year 2000, exotic groups from various countries like Ghana, Brazil and Slovenia have also made their debut in the parade, enthralling tourists and Singaporeans, reflecting a true cosmopolitan society.