SINGAPORE - The SEA Games torch will be paraded through several iconic spots in the Marina Bay area on a 2.5km route on June 4, a day before the cauldron is lit at the opening ceremony to signal the start of the event.
Members of the public will be able to see the parade from places such as Clifford Square, Merlion Park, Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, The Float @ Marina Bay and the ArtScience Museum. It ends at the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza where a host of activities will be taking place.
Mr Toh Boon Yi, chief of community and corporate outreach of the Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee (Singsoc), said: "We are overwhelmed by the wider community embracing the Games through the various community engagement programmes over the past 18 months. The Torch Parade is the fitting highlight of all these efforts that culminate in the formal lighting of the torch."
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong will be at the Torch Light-up Ceremony, beginning at The Promontory @ Marina Bay at 6pm, and he will be joined by 28 representatives from various community efforts such as Community Sports Festivals and partners like SportCares.
The flame will be transferred into a safety lantern after the conclusion of the Torch Parade, before travelling by water on its final leg to the National Stadium for the opening ceremony the next day.
Said Colonel Lawrence Lim, chairman of the opening and closing ceremonies: "Water has always been a significant part of Singapore's history.
"Having the flame come to the National Stadium by water is a fitting reminder and celebration of Singapore's history and achievements."
The flame will then be brought into the National Stadium in a Torch Relay by 13 athletes before the finale - the lighting of the SEA Games cauldron.