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Published: Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 9:39:55 AM

Spectators treated to a chingay feat

GEORGE TOWN: The crowd expressed their approval and cheered wildly when a chingay exponent received and balanced a 15m-tall flagpole using only his forehead.

Spectators were also treated to a lion dance performance on stilts and dragons which seemingly glided through the air with the beating of Chinese drums as background music.

Earlier yesterday evening, the streets here came to life when dragon dance troupes, lions dance teams and chingay teams started the Penang Chingay, Lion and Dragon Dance Parade from Padang Brown in Jalan Johor to the Esplanade.

Balancing act: A chingay exponent balancing a 15m-tall flagpole using only his forehead during the parade.

Beautifully decorated trishaws carrying models also brought much cheer as they led the procession through the streets.

It was an eye opener for twins Tom and Estalle Chambers, 22, who stumbled upon the event by chance.

“We are from Australia and the culture here is very different. I have not seen such an exuberant cultural parade back home,” Tom said.

The 15m-chingay flagpole from Penang Chingay Association has entered the Malaysia Book of Records as the tallest chingay flagpole, and was made from 100-year-old bamboo.

Tags / Keywords: Family & Community, chingay


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