SINGAPORE - Audience on the spectator stands at the F1 Pit Building during this year's Chingay Parade will be part of the show for the first time.
Announcing details of this year's parade on Thursday (Jan 7), Mr Nah Juay Hng, the committee chairman for Chingay 2016, said that the audience will be given a specially made hand-held bulb so that they can be part of the fully illuminated opening and finale of the parade. This will involve 25,000 spectators per night. The parade will be held on Feb 19 and 20.
Mr Nah said 160,000 spectators are expected in total for the two nights. The theme of the parade is "Lights of Legacy, Brighter Singapore".
Another highlight of the parade this year will be a 66-metre lighted dragon that will be "flying" in the air.
Mr Ang Hak Seng, chief executive director of the People's Association (PA), said that the parade this year will remember values fostered by founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and the pioneer generation leaders, such as resilience, social harmony and integrity.
PA on Thursday also launched a commemorative book entitled "Chingay 2015 - An SG50 Gift from the People to the Nation" published with the help of the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) subsidiary - Focus Publishing Ltd. The 150-page book captures how Singaporeans and people overseas used Chingay as a way to celebrate Singapore's 50th birthday last year.