The fast-approaching Lunar New Year means one thing – the Chingay Parade. And this year, the annual event is extra special. Started in 1973, this iconic street masquerade organised by the People's Association (PA) will be commemorating its 50th year since inception.
Tune in to this year's colourful Chingay Parade via the livestream on the Chingay website and PAssion Club Facebook page on February 12. To mark its 50th anniversary, there will be a slew of special programmes for the community to participate in too.
One that kicks off today is the Chingay50 Hall of Frames. This is a virtual wall featuring photographs of Chingay parades from years past, all the way back to the very first one in 1973. Browse through the online gallery of photos from past audiences and participants and see how far Chingay has come in 50 years.
Another trip down memory lane can be found at #OurChingay50Stories, where audiences, performers, crew members and community partners share their memories through 50 stories of the Chingay parade. These anecdotes ride on the theme of Chingay50's theme "Ignite Our Dreams".
During the livestream of the Chingay Parade this year, also don't forget to look out for mini floats from a new programme. Under this initiative, 17 group representation constituencies were invited to build floats to be featured in the Chingay50 showcase.
Other programme highlights include the return of the We've Got Talent segment. Participants were invited to submit a one-minute video for the chance to win $3000 alongside training and performance opportunities. This was complemented by the virtual Dynamic:Diversity (D2) dance competition, where dancers stood the chance to show off routines fusing local dance cultures with any dance genre – with a cash prize of $1200 up for grabs.