Chingay 2014 aims to involve 70,000 people: PA

Chingay 2014 aims to involve 70,000 people: PA
Residents participating in painting a piece of batik art that will be displayed at the 2014 Chingay parade. (Photo: PAssion Chingay Club's Facebook page)
Street parade will also go to the heartlands such as Tanjong Pagar and Joo Chiat next year
Published: 5:58 PM, October 17, 2013
Updated: 2:10 PM, October 18, 2013

SINGAPORE — Asia’s grandest street parade, Chingay, will be celebrated next year with the aim of involving 70,000 people, double the amount for this year’s turnout.

The parade on Feb 7 and 8 at the Formula 1 (F1) Pit building will feature fabric art in the form of batik painting and knitting tapestries.

Chingay’s organiser, the People’s Association, said residents will produce 1500 pieces of knitted tapestries and 360-metre batik art for the parade. This will provide them with opportunities to engage in programmes leading up to the event.

Next year’s Chingay will also be moving to the heartlands — to Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency (GRC) and Radin Mas Single Member Constituency (SMC) on Feb 9, East Coast GRC and Joo Chiat SMC on Feb 15 and Punggol-Sengkang New Town on Feb 22.

Mr Ang Hak Seng, chief executive director of People’s Association (PA), said: “Many Singaporeans, in fact, now are already participating in the parade at their home, the constituency or community centre doing knitting or batik painting.

“All this tapestry will be put together in the parade itself as the highlight. It shows that the parade is not only organised by PA but co-created by 70,000 Singaporeans to signify that in fact we are One People celebrating our parade.”

Ticket sales for the parade will start on Nov 4 through Sistic.