A Look Inside This Year’s Chingay Parade in Singapore

For more photos and videos from this year’s Chingay Parade, browse the #Chingay2015 and #IAmAtChingay2015 hashtags and explore the F1 Pit Building location page.

Crowds of people took to the streets of Singapore yesterday and today as the country held its 43rd annual Chingay Parade. Boasted as the largest street performance and float parade in Asia, thousands of performers dressed in bright colors, and elaborately decorated floats passed through this year’s main venue at F1 Pit Building.

The Chingay Parade originally began as a celebration of Lunar New Year, but over time the event has become more of a way to appreciate the cultural diversity that resides within Singapore. This year’s street procession is themed “We love SG” to mark Singapore’s 50th anniversary as an independent country, and more performers and dancers have turned out than ever before to celebrate the occasion. “The local community enjoys watching the parade and taking photos of the vibrant floats, dancing dragons, prancing lions, stilt walkers, wushu masters, performers of different races in their traditional costumes and fireworks,” says Ivan Kuek (@phonenomenon), a local coffee purveyor who photographed the festivities. “I remember attending Chingay back in the late 80s when I was a little kid. This is my second year in a row that I’m attending the parade at the F1 Pit Building, and it keeps getting better and better as the years go by.”

Weekend Giveaway - Trickmurk Circus Edition!

Hello hello! Is everyone having a good Circus? Isn’t the stuff for this year neat? And also super hard to get? Lol, I had to buy a lot of my festival goodies this time, but I still have some to share!;)

That’s one each of the apparel, one of of the skins/accents that can’t be found in chests, one each of the chests, and the familiar. (Sorry, I’m in a rush tonight and don’t have time to name everything!)

Rules are the same as always. Reblog once with your FR username and ID # to enter - likes makes me feel loved but don’t count as an entry. You can enter multiple names/IDs in one reblog, so long as they’re only entered ONCE - if they show up in another post I’ll ignore both entries. (So enter your friends if you like, but make sure no one else is entering them as well!) You don’t have to be following me to enter.:) Giveaway ends sometime Sunday, March 1, before rollover; I’ll update this post when it’s done so be sure to check back here.

Good luck, and have a great weekend!:)

JAPAN, Yokohama : Performers clad in traditional Chinese costumes parade along a street during Lunar New Year celebrations in Yokohama’s China Town on February 28, 2015. Millions of Chinese are celebrating the Spring Festival, the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar, which this year marks the beginning of the Year of the Sheep. AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA