PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights

This year's Chingay parade, which celebrates Singapore’s golden jubilee, is the largest and grandest in its 43-year history. 

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
11 Mar 2015

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights

Photos:  People's Association

Asia's grandest street Chingay kicked off at the F1 Pit Building on Friday (Feb 27), boasting 11,000 performers from Singapore and abroad, the largest and grandest in the parade's 42-year history.

Themed "We Love SG", the parade, held as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations, also celebrates Singapore’s golden jubilee.

The grand opening featured a giant flower bed made up of some one million flowers handcrafted from recycled plastic bags made by 500 households and individuals, an initiative started nearly a year ago by  the People's Association.  Titled “We Love SG Flowers”, it is also aimed at encouraging Singaporeans to be environmentally conscious.

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
11 Mar 2015

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights

Joining Singaporeans in colourful celebration were contingents from ASEAN, as well as from Russia, Turkey and Rwanda, and troupes from Turkey and Thailand have even specially choreographed dances for Singapore's 50th birthday. 

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
11 Mar 2015

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights

The grand finale, entitled “Trees of Hope, Singapore Dreams”, was a dazzling spectacle featuring 150 “Singapore Trees of Hope”, or  tree sculptures adorned with messages of hopes and dreams of Singaporeans. Three of these were designed specially by local artists, while others were co-created by different community groups in Singapore from used plastic bottles. 

Homegrown mandopop star JJ Lin also performed the parade’s finale song “Dreams”, which was written by fellow Singaporeans, songwriter Corrinne May, with music direction by Goh Keng Long.

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
11 Mar 2015

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights

Apart from the parades at the F1 Pit Building, Chingay SG50 Night Fiesta was also held along Orchard Road on Sunday night, and will head to the heartlands in March. You can catch the heartland parades on the following dates: Ang Mo Kio GRC and Sengkang West (Mar 7), Marine Parade GRC, Mountbatten and Potong Pasir (Mar 14), Bukit Panjang Town (Mar 15), West Coast GRC and Pioneer (Mar 21) and Nee Soon GRC (Mar 28). 

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PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
11 Mar 2015

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights

Guest of honour Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean arriving on a float with a giant birthday cake.  

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
11 Mar 2015

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights

Floating icons such as Singa the Courtesy Lion, dragon playground and MRT train.

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
11 Mar 2015

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
11 Mar 2015

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
11 Mar 2015

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
11 Mar 2015

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
11 Mar 2015

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights
11 Mar 2015

PHOTOS: Chingay 2015 parade highlights

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