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

Themed ‘Light of Hope’ – Chingay 2021 will be Singapore’s first digital Chingay aired live on television, online and social media channels on 20 February 2021, 8pm – 9pm. Travellers will now be able to tune in from anywhere and everywhere for the first time in 49 years.

Fireworks display during Chingay Parade 2019

Over 2,000 performers and 150 organisations will join hands to create a new and refreshed digital programme. Choreographed Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) effects will be used to breathe new life into local dragon dance and pole act performances, presented together with a 100-lion dance performance involving local and overseas troupes from over 10 different countries and cities, as far away as San Francisco, to reflect the spirit of overcoming challenges together.