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Published: Saturday June 21, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday June 21, 2014 MYT 11:09:48 AM

Nine nights of glittering parade held in conjunction with Floria 2014

IT WAS truly a magical night in Putrajaya as 15 neon float boats glided smoothly across the lake in Precint 5.

Enchanting visitors for the fourth year, the Magic of the Night 2014 is one of the signature events organised by the Tourism and Culture Ministry to promote the diversity of nature, culture and traditions of the country.

The float parade is being held for nine consecutive nights, in conjunction with Putrajaya’s annual flower show Floria 2014 which ends tomorrow.

The spectacular parade of lit boats was enhanced by the scenic location nestled amid Putrajaya’s distinctive architectural backdrop.

Themed “Colours of Harmony”, the 15 flotillas were decked with beautiful sculptures of Malaysia’s most famous attractions in a fusion of lights, colours and shapes.

These works of art would float along a three-kilometre stretch of the scenic waterfront at Marina Putrajaya from 8.45pm to 10.30pm daily, after which the floats would berth for static display and public photo opportunity.

Tina Turner’s Simply the Best accompanied the Penang float, which had a dragon at the bottom. The displays captured the lustre of Penang as the Pearl of the Orient and a food haven. A cat mascot representing the state’s administration motto of Competency, Accountability and Transparency (CAT), was seen holding a bowl of laksa.

Another outstanding float was Pahang’s, which was decked in the flora and fauna found in the state.

The float also set off fireworks once it reached the audience, much to their delight.

Not to be outdone, Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s float, which features landmark buildings such as Menara Maybank, KLCC, KL Tower and the National Monument, also had a fireworks display.

Putrajaya Corporation, last year’s winner of The Best Overall Flotilla, enchanted visitors with its iconic Sri Gemilang Bridge gracing the centre of the pontoon and Putra Mosque that symbolised the grandeur or Putrajaya.

The show ended with the Tourism and Culture Ministry float themed “Nature and Adventure”.

The float showcased colourful wildlife such as the proboscis monkey (also the Visit Malaysia Year 2014 mascot), tapir, mousedeer, Malayan tiger, orang utan, elephant, rhinoceros and hornbill.

The float also featured indigenous people of Sabah and Sarawak as well the Mah Meri tribe.

The 15 floats competed in different categories, including Overall Best Boat, Most Creative Boat, Most Popular Boat and Best Lighted Boat.

Various other activities were held leading up to the event such as craft and art exhibitions, Fabulous Food promotions, Meet Upin and Ipin Live, Night Floral Boats Photography Contest, 1Malaysia Green and Clean Campaign, Visual Art Gallery, Creative Industry Bazaar, traditional and modern musical performances and fireworks display.

Tags / Keywords: Community, Central Region, Events, Family Community, Magic of the Night, float parade, Tourism Ministry, Tourism Malaysia, Putrajaya, Floria 2014, flower show


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