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Why You Must Go to Singapore’s Chingay Parade 2016!

Uniquely Singaporean, Chingay Parade is an event no expat should miss!

Chingay Parade is considered the the largest street performance and float parade in Asia. The name derives from the Hokkien phrase “the art of costume and masquerade.” Originally conceived by Lee Kuan Yew to compensate for the ban on New Year’s fireworks, Chingay is a loud, colourful and electric celebration. While the only parade of its kind, Chingay honours an appreciation of Singapore’s multiculturalism. Performers come from all over the world to mingle with the rich mix of Chinese, Malays, Indians, and Westerners here.


What you can expect:

  1. This year’s theme is “Lights of Legacy, Brighter Singapore” is specially designed to mark the beginning of Singapore’s move to SG100. If you missed the SG50 celebrations this past August, here’s another chance to take part in this momentous time of Singapore’s history.

  2. In segment 1 of the parade, you’ll be treated to 800 youths dancing in lighted costumes to kick off the lively event. In this segment you’ll also see not-your-average dragon dances — Firecrackers & Fire Dragons, LED-lit Dragons, Straw Fire Dragons and the electrifying Flying Dragon from China!

  3. In segment 2, you’ll watch Chinese, Indian and Malay cultural performances that highlight Singapore’s unique and rich heritage.

  4. In segment 3, talented artists from China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, South Korea, USA, Taiwan and Thailand will share the stage for a dynamic international show.

  5. Segment 4 is great for kids who like to move and groove. Stunning pole dances, graceful ballerinas, cool hip hop dancers, boisterous Tambourine players, and more, will get the crowd on their feet with infectious dancing.

  6. The Finale! It’s all about “Lights of Legacy” — with a focus on lights. Three thousand performers will light up the night with Sky Lanterns before a massive fireworks display to welcome the next step in Singapore’s impressive story.


When: February 19 and 20; 7.00pm (Pre-Parade) & 8.00pm (Parade)

Where: F1 Pit Building (Next to Singapore Flyer)

Price: Tickets start at $28.50. Buy yours here.


By Kathleen Siddell, February 2016

Photo: Chingay website

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