Large-format parades take hold in the 1990s. Neighbourhood shows give way to big-venue celebrations with grander performances, riskier stunts and larger crowds.
Oh, those shoes
We wore shoes specially made for the event. One of the earlier problems we encountered was getting the wrong shoe sizes from the sponsor. We had to frantically swop among ourselves for sizes shortly before the event. Some of my friends had to buy similar coloured shoes because none fitted them. I wore thick socks because my shoes were a size too big.
Many years later after I joined the public service, I was involved in NDP events from 2005 to 2007. I always took the chance to wear my NDP shoes to the National Education shows, previews and actual parades. It so happened that my boyfriend (now husband) saw my shoes and was much surprised because back then he was in the army leading a group of cheerleaders from another school at the same event.
MS YAN CHUI PING, 34
ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
• Civil servant
• NDP 1999: Part of the 560-strong group of junior college cheerleaders
MS YAN CHUI PING, who was one of 560 junior college cheerleaders at NDP 1999