It's the Year of the Horse!!
It was raining cats and dogs hours before Chingay Parade 2014 commenced. One new immigrant friend who was looking forward to the parade called to express her anxiety. I told her to pray hard for good weather that night. LOL
It was drizzling when our chartered bus arrived at the venue. We had brought umbrellas but were still pleasantly surprised to see disposable raincoats in each of our goodie bags. Thumbs up to the organizers!
"Colours of Fabric, One People" was the theme for Chingay Parade 2014. Together with a group of new immigrant friends, we watched a two-hour live spectacle of colourful floats and multi-cultural performances at F1 Pit Building.
There were 12 floats, I am only posting the ones I like :)
Varnajalam – Joy of Colours (Indian Float) 喜悦的色彩
By: Narpani and Prabhudheva Dance Academy
Felt like I was in Bollywood because the music was so upbeat and energetic. :D
The Elephant God is known as Lord Ganesha, one of the 5 prime Hindu deities worshipped by the Hindus. He is looked upon as a representation of perfect wisdom and a bestower of prosperity. Held in great honour among Hindu devotees as a symbol of royalty, power, wisdom, fertility and longevity!
Anyaman Jati – Weaving Personas (Malay Float) 魅力风情
By: MESRA and the Malay Activities Executive Committees
I couldn't help noticing how intricate the Malay float is with those moon-shaped Malay kites. These kites are also known as Wau Bulan, derived from the crescent moon-like shape of the kite (bulan means “moon” in Malay) and ‘Wau’, pronounced as ‘Wow’, is an Arabic letter that looks something like the kite’s shape. The kites represent fashion, passion and dreams to the Malay Community
Longevity Float 寿星公花车
By: PAssion Card, Select Group and Peach Garden
Notice the various auspicious characters – the God of Longevity, dragons spiralling up the skies, galloping horses, perching cranes, leaping deers and ripe peaches - they evoke a sense of eternal hope and joy.
Everyone loved the spectacular displays of fireworks for a brilliant end to an exciting night of dazzling extravaganza of colours and cultural diversity.
See you next year!!
PhotoHunt theme : Colours/Bad Weather