|The Fire begins|
View from Daddy M
The theme for this year Chingay is called Fire in Snow 雪 中火
|God of Fortune|
|F1 Pit Building|
|Warm up dance|
event in Penang. It began as a neighbourhood event to become one of Singapore's Chinese New Year grandest street and float festival. Interestingly, Chingay was also thought to have started the year after firecrackers were ban in Singapore. The aim was to bring back cheer during Chinese New Year. It may have originally started as a Chinese event, but had since evolved into a multi-cultural event with performance from Malay and Indian community in 1977.
|Let the show began|
|Song of Righteousness|
|PAYM Youth Poppera|
The highlight of this opening segment would no doubt be the Chinese New Year Celebrations - Fire display.
This had always been the core performance of Chingay since inception. Filled with mythical dragons, centipedes, stilt walkers and fire crackers, this act brought the loudest cheer from the audience.
|Auspicious Centipede Dance|
Kudos to the performers and their excellent choreography which was practiced for many days without fail.
|Fire Cracker Stilt Walkers|
This year , Chingay will travel to the heartlands. If you missed the Chingay parade and want to get up close and personal, do take note of the following dates.
Next up was the performances by Chinese Opera Yang's Lady Generals.
|Chinese Opera performances and floats|
Segment 2 : Ethnic & International items
|Ethnic & International Items|
Segment 3 : Communities celebrates Chingay
Gangnam Style made its appearances for the night as well. Check the video out!
|Home , hope , heart|
The show continue with the Zumba performance by the energetic Passion Zumba community.
|Light my fire|
|The Lion roars|
|It's a wrap!|
|PM Lee Hsien Long and Mdm Ho Ching|
|Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong|
I had the privilege to get up close to take photos of them while they move past the cheering crowds.
|PA Chief Yam Ah Mee|
Next year, I will bring my boys down to watch as spectators. I am sure they would love to be immerse in this finale for the Chinese New Year festival. We caught the performance on TV yesterday, but I can say from first hand experiences, that Chingay is meant to be watch live.
Looking forward to Chingay 2014!