Chingay parade floats to tour 18 housing estates

The largest street and float parade held in Singapore in February each year is set to get bigger. This year’s Chingay parade floats will be touring 18 housing estates in Ang Mo Kio, Aljunied and Jurong GRCs. Some 200,000 spectators are expected at the parade on February 4, including 30,000 tourists.

The hip-hop breakdance group X-Elements will be reprising its performance at Ang Mo Kio’s very own Chingay Parade in the heartlands.

Edwin Koh, Hip-hop breakdance performer, X-Elements, said: “I feel that in such cultural events, hip-hop is another culture…it’s kind of injecting the youth elements into the culture so people can feel youthful.”

Also injecting youthful energy are wushu performers from Jurong – the organisers are hoping more young people will be drawn to the annual parade.

The Aljunied constituency will also attempt to break a Guinness World Record – bursting more than 2006 balloons within 10 seconds.

Last year, the floats travelled to Tampines and Toa Payoh, but this year, they will be at Aljunied on February 12 and at Jurong on February 18.

Ang Mo Kio’s parade will be stretched over 5 days from February 5 to 9.

Jack Soh, Ang Mo Kio GRC, Chingay Working Committee, said: “It’s a five day event so the full procession can go to as many housing estates as possible, and also we may stop at the place for a longer time. If the residents are not free on a particular day, he still has another day to join us.”

At Aljunied, the floats will be on display at 5 estates and some 20,000 to 35,000 residents are expected to turn up at each constituency.

Singapore’s Chingay is Asia’s largest street and floats parade, and it is set to get bigger this year as its preview performance on February 3 will be a full performance.

On the actual day on February 4, the floats will also proceed to River Hongbao along Connaught Drive for the first time.

The parade will also be telecast ‘live’ on Channel 8 and on 5 big screens across Singapore.

-Courtesy of Channel NewsAsia News

1 Comment so far

  1. Tym (unregistered) on January 9th, 2006 @ 9:43 am

    Can we say ‘election year’?

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