The hubs won tickets to Chingay 2015 from Passion Card and we were really thrilled, as this was our first ever Chingay! Chingay 2015 was supposed to be the Grandest Parade in Chingay History, it was the Special SG50 Edition! Wow!
Ticket collection was stated as between 5.30 – 7.30pm at the F1 Pit Building. To avoid the crowd, we decided to park at Marina Square and have dinner there before taking a leisurely stroll to the F1 Pit Building.
We arrived early at the Pitstop and were amazed at the many participants who had already gathered there. Many were dressed up in colourful attire. Wey was especially amazed by a group of young people dressed in cosplay.
I could only recognise Iron Man and maybe Ultraman haha… but they were all very friendly and gladly posed to take photos with anyone who asked.
Wey posed with the performers in their gorgeous outfits of SG50 Flowers made from recycled plastic bags!! Wow!
It was an amazing atmosphere of fun and joyful gathering. There was even a group of elderly musicians and singers belting out Elvis’ hits and everyone sang and danced along with them too. The pre-show activity buzz outside of the main seating area was amazing and we wished we had gotten there earlier!
We headed to our seats around 7.15pm with great anticipation even though the parade was to start only at 8pm.
Many people were already seated and engaged in learning to chant the Chingay Cheer as they were being entertained by the MCs.
We were really glad that there were assigned seats and not free seating (so actually there was no real rush to get to the seats). On hind sight, we should have stayed outside to enjoy the fun and probably take more photos with the participants.
The goodie bags included pom-poms, sparklers, and even an SG50 flower made from recycled plastic bags. Much to the glee of the little one who had a fun time swinging the pom-poms and shakers.
It was even more surprising to meet friends there who had also won tickets from Passion Card. Thanks for saying hi!
This year’s highlights :
- 11,000 colourful multi-cultural performers
- Spectacular and beautiful sea of ‘We SG Flowers’
- Dazzling Floats and breathtaking performances
- Exciting and exotic performances by foreign contingents from China (Gansu, Suzhou, Tianjin, Xinjiang), India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam
- Lighted and glittering Grand Finale by 3,000 performers in stunning costumes
- JJ Lin (林俊杰) as anchor singer at Chingay Grand Finale
The Parade started with the first float carrying DPM Teo Chee Hean and Mrs Teo to welcome everyone to Chingay 2015. The crowd was roaring and cheering with excitement waving their pom-poms and sparklers and everyone was ready to be dazzled by the parade.
We were really impressed beyond words seeing all the participants both young and old as they led the parade in the floats procession. It was simply eye candy of vibrant colours and dazzling lights and a display of skill especially for the dancers.
I loved the wonderful display of iconic moments and Singapore icons, it was a walk down memory lane and a showcase of all that we are proud of as Singaporeans! Indeed an apt tribute to SG50 and everything uniquely Singapore.
The floats were also really beautifully lit and decorated… My photos do not do justice.
The most impressive however has got to be the the giant of a float for the Pioneer Generation. Accompanied by an entourage of vintage cars and people dressed in Peranakan costumes, it was a display that reminded us of our heritage.
To give you a feel of the atmosphere and the energy of the performers, check out the video below:
The impressive drum performance of the Japanese Association Singapore.
We also loved the exciting fire and stilt walk performance.
Wey’s favourite in the Parade was definitely the participants dressed up in Star Wars! Yes! Who would have thought that Star Wars would come to Chingay! 🙂
I was so surprised to see Storm Troopers marching in the parade and we cheered with glee when we saw Darth Vader, Obi Wan Kenobe and even the Sith Lord Darth Sidious! Haha… the little boy was on cloud nine!
As with all Singapore parties, everyone expects fireworks. And the organisers did not disappoint because the fireworks were awesome and didn’t seem to stop!
The grand finale was every young person’s delight as their idol singer JJ Lin took to stage giving a beautiful rendition of Dreams, the Chingay Theme Song.
The only pity was there were no big screens to show the audience the anticipated performance. All we could hear was his voice… much like listening to a CD play… hahhaa….
And so we came to the end of our very first Chingay. My arms were aching from all the photo and video taking in between waving the pom-poms and shakers to the beat of the music.
We were glad to have been part of Chingay 2015. It was a unique opportunity to come together as Singaporeans to celebrate being Singapore and treasure all that our country has worked for and represents. In the midst of all the complains about how life in modern Singapore is hard, let us also not forget that it was never a bed of roses for our ancestors and our Pioneer Generation.
It’s not too late if you missed Chingay2015 because Chingay is coming to the heartlands. Get your family ready to welcome the performers and the floats. Check out the information below on Chingay at the Heartlands.
Happy Chingay Everyone!
Says! Happy Mum Audrey 🙂
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About Chingay @ the Heartlands
Ang Mo Kio GRC & Sengkang West
End Point: Blk 409, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, S(560409)
Saturday, 7 March 2015
End Point: Bedok North Ave 1, S(461035)
Saturday, 14 March 2015
End Point: Blk 140 – 141 Petir Road S670141 (return to starting point)
Sunday, 15 March 2015
End Point: Blk 78B, Telok Blangah Drive, S(100078)
Saturday, 21 March 2015
End Point: Multi-purpose court in front of Block 838, Yishun Street 81
Saturday, 28 March 2015
About Chingay : (Source)
The word Chingay is equivalent to the Mandarin zhuang yi (妆艺), which means “the art of costume and masquerade” in the Hokkien dialect.
In 1972, 2 persons died from faulty firecracker explosions in Singapore during Chinese New Year, leading to the ban of Firecrackers here. There arose a need to keep the festive atmosphere for the next Chinese New Year and so was born the idea of the first every Chingay Parade.
The First Formal Chingay Parade in Singapore was mooted by the then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew who was also the chairman of the People’s Association (PA). Chingay, with all its noise and gaiety, would compensate for the ban on firecrackers, a customary New Year practice to drive away evil spirits.
Chingay 1973 was a huge success and thus was repeated every year after that, and all other races in Singapore also joined in the celebration, making it a much anticipated annual national event.