A First Timer’s Wow at Chingay 2015, Special SG50 Edition

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.

The crowds started gathering even before 6pm and everyone started walking briskly from the Marina Square area

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.

Mama, what’s 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.

Dressed in pretty SG50 Flowers made of recycled plastic bags! So colourful!

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 were treated to the music of the bagpipers, Wey’s first encounter and it was superb.

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.

Everyone learning the Chingay Cheer and testing our their pom-poms and sparklers!

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.

Happy at our first Chingay Parade! Yay!

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.

Goodie bags too! We love SG!

It was even more surprising to meet friends there who had also won tickets from Passion Card. Thanks for saying hi!

So wonderful to see familiar faces in the sea of many people!

This year’s highlights :

  • 11,000 colourful multi-cultural performers
  • Spectacular and beautiful sea of ‘We Heart Red 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.

A sea of vibrant colours!

A wonderful display of strength and control of the very heavy and tall flagpole

 

Chinese painting done on the spot by the Life Art Society!

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.

Balloons of the Dragon playground, Singa Lion, The MRT floating proudly and towering above all of us!

Loved the balloon of Changi Airport and Marina Bay Sands!

The floats were also really beautifully lit and decorated… My photos do not do justice.

Wow! Remember Squirrel Saver from POSB?

 

Love this pink cat float by NUS! heehe…

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.

Towering above everyone was the Pioneer Generation Float! Befitting of all that the Pioneers have done and contributed to the growth of Singapore in the past.

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.

Fire Fire Fire!

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! 🙂

Little boy’s Star Wars dream come true!

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

LOC Start Point: 70 Sengkang West Avenue, S(797651)
LOC End Point: Blk 409, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, S(560409)
Date Saturday, 7 March 2015
time 7.00pm-9.30pm
Marine Parade GRC, Mountbatten & Potong Pasir
LOC Start Point: Serangoon Avenue 3 (right in front of Braddell Heights CC)
LOC End Point: Bedok North Ave 1, S(461035)
Date Saturday, 14 March 2015
time 6.30pm-10.00pm
Bukit Panjang Town
LOC Start Point: Blk 140 – 141 Petir Road S670141
LOC End Point: Blk 140 – 141 Petir Road S670141 (return to starting point)
Date Sunday, 15 March 2015
time 7.00pm-10.30pm
West Coast GRC & Pioneer
LOC Start Point: Blk 664C Jurong West Street 64, S(643664)
LOC End Point: Blk 78B, Telok Blangah Drive, S(100078)
Date Saturday, 21 March 2015
time 6.00pm-10.30pm
Nee Soon GRC
LOC Start Point: Hard court outside Blk 320 Sembawang Drive
LOC End Point: Multi-purpose court in front of Block 838, Yishun Street 81
Date Saturday, 28 March 2015
time 6.30pm-10.00pm

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.

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