GEORGE TOWN - It was Shanghai-revisited, with many coming in the funky styles of the 1950s and 60s - turned-up collars, drain-pipe pants, pointed black shoes, polka-dotted skirts and hair-sprayed hairdos.
They danced the cha-cha, a-go-go and the tango. They were hot and they looked cool.
This was Beach Street, in the middle of the city's business district, and they were celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival against a backdrop of old Shanghai.
"Shanghai, in the middle of the 20th century, saw a cultural change with a unique fusion of East and West," said Adelyn Lim, managing director of CreatiVision, the event's organiser.
"This change affected literature, music, visual arts, martial arts and cuisine among the Chinese. And, it even spread to Penang," she said.
"So, we felt it would be nostalgic to bring back the era as we celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival."
Chinese drum beats heralded the opening of the festival by Penang Municipal Council president Datuk Patahiyah Ismail at 3pm yesterday.