From giant puppets to galloping horses, next year's Chingay Parade is set to be the most colourful and grandest ever.
The annual Chinese New Year procession, set to take place on Feb 7 and Feb 8 at the F1 Pit Building, will be the biggest yet since it was first held in 1973. Some 70,000 individuals, roughly double that of this year, will be involved in the parade to usher in The Year of the Horse.
Among the highlights is a contingent of some 30 giant puppets representing the local ethnic groups and professions such as hawkers and cabbies.
Spectators can also look forward to a parade of horses from the Singapore Turf Club as well as horse sculptures designed by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts students. Other participating groups include the Japanese Association, Singapore and the Singapore Tourism Board.
As in previous years, foreign contingents will be involved in the festivities, with performers from China, South Korea, the Philippines, Italy, South Africa, Rwanda and Nigeria participating in the parade.
Making a grand entrance will be a giant straw horse standing at 8m tall. The festivities will end with a flourish with a first-of-its-kind drama performance from some 180 community club volunteers.
The parade route will also be decked with a batik painting, and a pair of tapestries - each measuring 360m long - which are hand-knitted by volunteers out of recycled fabrics such as t-shirts and pillow cases.
Constituency volunteers like Madam Suriani Marsom of Taman Jurong have spent up to three hours each day for the past three months crocheting and knitting the donated cloth into colourful pieces of artwork.