PICTURES

Showcase of vibrancy at Chingay 2014

President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife Mary waving at the crowds from the top of a float during the Chingay Parade yesterday. -- ST PHOTOS: LIM SIN THAI, DESMOND LIM
President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife Mary waving at the crowds from the top of a float during the Chingay Parade yesterday. -- ST PHOTOS: LIM SIN THAI, DESMOND LIM
JAPAN: Members of the Japanese Association in Singapore carrying a mikoshi (Japanese float-like portable shrine) as part of a performance titled ''Japanese culture: Smile for you''. -- ST PHOTOS: LIM SIN THAI, DESMOND LIM
JAPAN: Members of the Japanese Association in Singapore carrying a mikoshi (Japanese float-like portable shrine) as part of a performance titled ''Japanese culture: Smile for you''. -- ST PHOTOS: LIM SIN THAI, DESMOND LIM
INDONESIA: Performers of the Gelar Tari Topeng, an Indonesian mask dance, which was accompanied by traditional gamelan music. A total of 500 performers from six foreign countries took part in the parade. -- ST PHOTOS: LIM SIN THAI, DESMOND LIM
INDONESIA: Performers of the Gelar Tari Topeng, an Indonesian mask dance, which was accompanied by traditional gamelan music. A total of 500 performers from six foreign countries took part in the parade. -- ST PHOTOS: LIM SIN THAI, DESMOND LIM
ITALY: Maesta della Battaglia flag-wavers and musicians playing drums and trumpets while putting on a vibrant show as part of an international medley at the Chingay parade. -- ST PHOTOS: LIM SIN THAI, DESMOND LIM
ITALY: Maesta della Battaglia flag-wavers and musicians playing drums and trumpets while putting on a vibrant show as part of an international medley at the Chingay parade. -- ST PHOTOS: LIM SIN THAI, DESMOND LIM
CHINA: The Fujian Ningde Huotong String Lions troupe displaying a local folk art from Fujian province with 1,000 years of history, which involves a performer using strings to control lion puppets. -- ST PHOTOS: LIM SIN THAI, DESMOND LIM
CHINA: The Fujian Ningde Huotong String Lions troupe displaying a local folk art from Fujian province with 1,000 years of history, which involves a performer using strings to control lion puppets. -- ST PHOTOS: LIM SIN THAI, DESMOND LIM

Chingay this year saw twice as many foreign performers as last year, with many making the journey from South Korea, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and even Italy, to join in the annual parade.

A total of 500 performers from the six countries took part.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife Mary yesterday joined People's Association (PA) deputy chairman and labour chief Lim Swee Say and PA chief executive director Ang Hak Seng at the closing night of this year's event.

More than 3,000 performers took part in the Chingay Parade's finale, Knit With One Heart, last night.