Chingay 2015 performers make up youngest parade in 43 years

Chingay 2015 performers make up youngest parade in 43 years
The Chingay 2015 National Education Show for 10,000 students from 60 Primary and Secondary Schools.

Some 10,000 students from 60 primary and secondary schools got a taste of Singapore's biggest Chingay parade ever when they were treated to the preview show yesterday.

In its 43rd year, the parade is an annual street procession to mark Chinese New Year.

This year's theme, "We love SG", is a nod to the nation's jubilee celebrations.

It is the biggest Chingay ever and also the youngest, with about half of the 15,000 volunteers and performers aged 35 and below.

Also spotted at the preview show were Storm Troopers from the Star Wars franchise and local group Bonfire, which performs stunts and dances featuring fire.

Flower exchange

A big feature of this year's parade are the 100,000 flowers made from recycled plastic bags.

They will be given to visitors during the Chingay street carnival for them to exchange among one another.

This year's parade will be on Feb 27 and 28 at the F1 Pit Building.

On March 1, the parade will return to Orchard Road for the first time since 2007 and a section of the busy shopping district will be closed off to traffic.

Spectators will be able to mingle with the performers and take photographs of themselves while standing on any of the 13 floats at the street carnival.

The parade will also visit different places in the heartland until March 28.

 

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