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Explosion of colour at biggest Chingay parade

Colours explode at the biggest Chingay parade since the annual Chinese New Year procession was first held in 1973. The parade will weave through the F1 Pit Building again tonight. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Colours explode at the biggest Chingay parade since the annual Chinese New Year procession was first held in 1973. The parade will weave through the F1 Pit Building again tonight. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Some 2,000 multi-ethnic performers carrying coloured flags to symbolise this year’s Chingay theme, “Colours of Fabric, One People”. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Some 2,000 multi-ethnic performers carrying coloured flags to symbolise this year’s Chingay theme, “Colours of Fabric, One People”. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Some of the 700 local dancers showing off their moves in a classical Chinese dance item at the parade. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Some of the 700 local dancers showing off their moves in a classical Chinese dance item at the parade. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Colours explode at the biggest Chingay parade since the annual Chinese New Year procession was first held in 1973. The parade will weave through the F1 Pit Building again tonight. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Colours explode at the biggest Chingay parade since the annual Chinese New Year procession was first held in 1973. The parade will weave through the F1 Pit Building again tonight. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Colours explode at the biggest Chingay parade since the annual Chinese New Year procession was first held in 1973. The parade will weave through the F1 Pit Building again tonight. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Colours explode at the biggest Chingay parade since the annual Chinese New Year procession was first held in 1973. The parade will weave through the F1 Pit Building again tonight. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Colours explode at the biggest Chingay parade since the annual Chinese New Year procession was first held in 1973. The parade will weave through the F1 Pit Building again tonight. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Colours explode at the biggest Chingay parade since the annual Chinese New Year procession was first held in 1973. The parade will weave through the F1 Pit Building again tonight. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Colours explode at the biggest Chingay parade since the annual Chinese New Year procession was first held in 1973. The parade will weave through the F1 Pit Building again tonight. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Colours explode at the biggest Chingay parade since the annual Chinese New Year procession was first held in 1973. The parade will weave through the F1 Pit Building again tonight. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Colours explode at the biggest Chingay parade since the annual Chinese New Year procession was first held in 1973. The parade will weave through the F1 Pit Building again tonight. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Colours explode at the biggest Chingay parade since the annual Chinese New Year procession was first held in 1973. The parade will weave through the F1 Pit Building again tonight. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Colours explode at the biggest Chingay parade since the annual Chinese New Year procession was first held in 1973. The parade will weave through the F1 Pit Building again tonight. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Colours explode at the biggest Chingay parade since the annual Chinese New Year procession was first held in 1973. The parade will weave through the F1 Pit Building again tonight. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Lim Swee Say and their wives greeting the crowd. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Lim Swee Say and their wives greeting the crowd. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Singapore’s largest batik painting being carried through the F1 Pit Building by volunteers at the Chingay parade last night. The 360m-long banner was painted by 40,000 new immigrants and locally born Singaporeans. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Singapore’s largest batik painting being carried through the F1 Pit Building by volunteers at the Chingay parade last night. The 360m-long banner was painted by 40,000 new immigrants and locally born Singaporeans. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
South Korea’s Sunhwa Dance Troupe performing a fan dance and flower crown dance, one of the country’s oldest court dances. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THA
South Korea’s Sunhwa Dance Troupe performing a fan dance and flower crown dance, one of the country’s oldest court dances. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THA

Chingay is going big this year, with giant puppets, an 8m-tall straw horse, the country's largest batik painting, and - at the heart of it all - some 70,000 volunteers and performers to usher in the Year of the Horse in an explosion of sound and colour.

This is the grandest showing by the annual Chinese New Year procession since it was first held in 1973 to liven up festive celebrations.

With the theme "Colours of Fabric, One People", the parade saw double the number of volunteers than in last year's Chingay, and the most number of foreign performers yet, with more than 800 people from six countries.

On the first run of the parade last night, horses from the Singapore Turf Club, along with performers bearing horse sculptures designed by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

students, marched down the street, alongside floats and performers from different local and foreign groups in a two-hour extravaganza.

The parade weaves through the F1 Pit Building again tonight.

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