Charm and spirit shine through a wet Chingay

A dragon comes to life as part of a spectacular show by performers from the Stamford Dragon Lion Arts and Cultural Group. It is meant to usher Singapore into a prosperous year. This cyclist from Coast Riders Interest Group pulls off tricks on his whe
A dragon comes to life as part of a spectacular show by performers from the Stamford Dragon Lion Arts and Cultural Group. It is meant to usher Singapore into a prosperous year.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
A dragon comes to life as part of a spectacular show by performers from the Stamford Dragon Lion Arts and Cultural Group. It is meant to usher Singapore into a prosperous year. This cyclist from Coast Riders Interest Group pulls off tricks on his whe
This cyclist from Coast Riders Interest Group pulls off tricks on his wheels at the parade, despite the pouring rain and slippery ground. Although it rained throughout the 11/2-hour parade, the performers soldiered on, many of them wearing ponchos. This year's parade theme is Lights of Legacy, Brighter Singapore.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Despite the rain, Marina Bay roared to life last night as the annual Chingay parade bathed the area in colourful lights, songs and dances, reported Aw Cheng Wei. The annual street procession to mark Chinese New Year is also a celebration of the diverse cultures of Singapore.

From fan dances to choral singing, this year's parade showcased acts by 8,000 volunteer performers from organisations including the Management Development Institute of Singapore, the Eurasian Association and People's Association, the event's main organiser.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2016, with the headline 'Charm and spirit shine through a wet Chingay'. Print Edition | Subscribe