Chingay Parade 2019, Singapore
February 15 @ 8:00 pm - February 16 @ 9:30 pm GMT
There is no event that encapsulates the multi-cultural nature of Singapore than the Chingay Parade, held each year during the Chinese New Year celebrations. Literally meaning costume or masquerade in Hokkien, the parade will see dragon dances and stilt walkers as well as a dazzling display of floats.
Originally, the parade was conceived as a way of compensating the Chinese community for the ban on the use of firecrackers across the city. The parade drives out the evil spirits as is traditional in Chinese New Year celebrations.
However, now the Chingay Parade has become the largest street performance and parade in Asia. Its route stretches from the F1 Pit Building, then goes around the rear of the Singapore Flyer and towards the NS Square, which is the floating platform in Marina Bay.
As this year is Singapore’s Bicentennial, marking 200 years since Sir Stamford Raffles first landed in Singapore, there will be a 270-metre-long painting representing the ‘Past, Present and Future’ of the state.
Also this year there is more space, so people will have even greater opportunity to see the colourful parade.
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Where is the Chingay Parade
From F1 Pit Building to NS Square, Singapore.
When is the Chingay Parade 2019
15-16 February, 2019.
Tickets for the Chingay Parade 2019
Tickets range from S$28.50 to S$60 and can be purchased here.
Other Festivals in Singapore
The Chingay Parade is just one of a series of festivals in Singapore for 2019. To find out how the Bicentenary is being celebrated click here.
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