If a single event could capture the essence of Singapore’s unique multicultural personality, it would be the Chingay Parade—an annual marvel of dazzling floats, dancing dragons and stilt walkers.

It may be held during the Chinese New Year festivities, but this wondrous event brings together people and performances from across Singapore’s cultural spectrum, and is celebrated by Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians alike.

Cheerleading Association performance at Chingay Parade

With all its noise and gaiety, the parade was mooted over four decades ago as a way to compensate for the ban that had been placed on firecrackers, a customary Chinese New Year practice to drive away evil spirits.

Malay cultural performance at Chingay Parade

Today, the Chingay Parade is one of the largest street performance and float parade in Asia—a shimmering celebration that extends from the original F1 Pit Building, via the back of Singapore Flyer, to NS Square (Marina Bay floating platform), where River Hongbao is also held.

Fireworks display during Chingay Parade 2019

2020’s celebration will see 6,000 volunteers performers displaying their talents in a showcase that centres on the theme ‘Colours in Harmony’. Highlights of the event include the release of 200 metres of firecrackers, stunning displays of fireworks, laser lights and pyrotechnics and both traditional and contemporary performances.

Chingay 2020 will take place from 31 January to 1 February, and visitors hoping to get a glimpse of Singapore’s unique multicultural tapestry can get their tickets at the event’s official website.