Chingay Parade Singapore

Chingay Parade, Singapore Overview

The Chingay Parade is an annual celebration of the Lunar New Year, held at the Marina Bay Circuit in Singapore’s Central Area. Derived from the Mandarin word for ‘costume,’ this iconic extravaganza conducted by the People’s Association showcases the best of the Lion City’s diverse and unique culture, with captivating lights, huge floats, costumed characters, street performances, and props. Named Asia’s largest street parade, this electrifying fiesta features extravagant and intricately decorated floats, cultural dance shows, dancing dragons, martial arts displays, stilt walkers, and aerial performances that span different cultures, ethnicities, and traditions.

A brilliant expression of Singapore’s welcoming hospitality that embraces diversity and people from all nationalities – Chinese, Malay, Eurasian, Indian, and many more - Chingay Parade is a riot of colours, music, and celebrations that hosts a different theme every year. The show-stopping grand finale features a dazzling firework show and a spectacular light display against the stunning Singapore skyline. A whopping eleven thousand performers took part in this parade in 2015, and the festival has only grown since then. First started in 1973, this remarkable gala brings together the varied population of the country and celebrates unity in all its colourful glory – even international artists and troupes are invited every year to take part in the festivities!

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Chingay Parade 2020 Dates

31 January (Friday) 2020 to 1 February (Saturday) 2020


Parade 1 – 31 Jan:
Category 1: SGD 50
Category 2: SGD 40
Category 3: SGD 28.50

Parade 2 – 1 Feb:
Category 1: SGD 60
Category 2: SGD 50
Category 3: SGD 28.50

Packages and Discounts:
Passion Card holder - 20% discount
Singaporean & Permanent residents – 10% discount
Friends & Family – 10% discount + additional 20% with Passion Card

How to Book
Tickets can be purchased online from the Chingay Parade or People’s Association website. Patrons can also buy tickets from the box office or through telephone hotlines.

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The signature Chingay Elephant (Source)

Chingay Parade Venue

The parade is held at the F1 Pit Building on Republic Boulevard, Marina Bay Street Circuit.  

Bus: Buses 75, 77, 97, 171, 195B, 960, 1N, 2N, 3N, 4N, NR2, NR5, NR7, and NR8 ply to the Marina Centre Bus Terminal, a short walk away from the F1 Pit Building.

MRT: Take the Downtown or Circle Line to Promenade Station. Take Exit A; the building is an 8-minute walk away.

Car: From Bayfront Avenue, turn right into Raffles Boulevard. Take a right to Raffles Avenue and take the exit to the Singapore Flyer Carpark. From Sheares Avenue, slide left to take the Rochor Road ramp. Follow the road and turn right onto Ophir Road. Take a right into Republic Boulevard and turn to Raffles Avenue. The nearest dropoff point is at the Singapore Flyer.

Parking: There is no parking available at the F1 Pit Building. The nearest public car park is at the Singapore Flyer.  
Monday – Friday (6:00 AM - 6:00 PM): SGD 2 per hour
Monday – Friday (6:00 PM – 6:00 AM): SGD 2 per entry
Saturday, Sunday, public holidays (6:00 AM - midnight): SGD 2 per hour
Saturday, Sunday, public holidays (midnight – 6:00 AM): SGD 2 per entry

Origin of Chingay Parade

The Chingay performance was born in China when the Penang Chinese performed it as street art that required the performers fine balancing at a giant flag of around 30 feet and 60 pounds during diety processions. It gradually took its way to Malaysia as a birthday celebration of the Chinese deities. It took the form of a parade of Goddess Guanyin, also known as the Goddess of Mercy. Its primary purpose was to honour and worship Guanyin. Now, it is not only restricted to China and Malaysia but is celebrated in Singapore too, with all its glory. It has been successful in attracting people of all races and ethnicities, especially the Malays and Indians of Singapore, making it a multiracial performance. This festival has become one of the most monumental and remarkable landmarks with expressive cultural markers.

The first Chingay Parade in Singapore was a result of the 1973 firecracker ban. Since Singaporeans weren't pleased with the ban, the People's Association and the Singapore National Pugilistic Association together, organised a parade from Jalan Besar to Outram Park, that featured the signature floats, lion and dragon dances, stilt walkers and acrobats that impressed the crowd and helped move the attention from the ban to the parade. This predominantly Chinese procession took a multi-cultural turn from the year 1977 after the Malay and Indian communities also contributed their performances in the celebration.

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Chinatown during the Chingay Parade Festival (Source)

Celebrations & Events

Theme: The theme for the 2020 parade is ‘Colours in Harmony.’ Prepare to witness a vibrant show of the multi-ethnic diversity of the country with a riot of colours. Performers from different ethnicities and cultures are set to come together and put up a message of harmony in the most eye-grabbing, innovative ways. Don’t miss the 200 mere firecracker show and cultural performances!

Bridge of Harmony: The 2020 Chingay Parade is special for the People’s Association as it commemorates its 60th anniversary. The main attraction here is the Bridge of Harmony, a special float that signifies the strong bond of community and unity among the diverse population of Singapore, and how the People’s Association helped bring everyone together. Celebrating inclusiveness, care, and joy, the Bridge of Harmony is a joint effort of all the citizens of the Lion City – it will feature tiles hand-drawn by people from different walks of life, becoming a true message of the people.

Chingay Carnival: This charming fair is held near the Singapore Flyer. A family-friendly location with a host of activities for children and adults alike, the Chingay Carnival boasts of party games, life-sized Jenga, balloon shooting, go-karting, a huge obstacle course, and other fun activities. Snack on delicious local street food and watch the performers show off their elaborate costumes at this three-day carnival – admission is free! 

Chingay Heartlands: Party like a local and hit up the Garden City’s friendly neighbourhoods to enjoy Chingay Heartlands, the regional nightly parties held on the streets during the Lunar New Year. This is a great option to enjoy the festivities without the rush of the main parade. Neighbourhood potlucks and street performances are held here – the parade also passes through these locations, so patrons can also catch a glimpse of the dazzling shows. Keep in mind that the location of the Heartlands party changes every year, so visit the official website for more details.

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Artists on the Float at Chingay Parade (Source)

Highlight of Chingay Parade

The main highlight of Chingay Parade are the performances given by different cultural groups. The primary ethnicities bring Chinese, Malay and Tamil, they represent their distinctive cultures in their true sense. The Indian performers showcase their traditional stunts and dances, while the floats portray its cultural history and mythology. This, followed by the Chingay act, for which artists from all over the world fly down to perform. International artists from countries including Malaysia, China, Philippines, France and Brazil give spectacular performances and add to the melting pot. The Chingay Parade has always been welcoming of different nationals performing Chingay. The parade is concluded with a street-after-party until late at night.

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Chingay Parade is attended by thousands of locals and tourists (Source)

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