Getting closer: The crowd being entertained by the lion dance troupes.
THOUSANDS of local and foreign tourists were treated to a night of lively music and dancing as they joined in the Bukit Bintang-Kuala Lumpur City Centre (BBKLCC) World Fiesta Parade recently.
With the entire stretch of Jalan Bukit Bintang closed to traffic for the day, the festivities began about 5pm with pre-show performances such as Latin percussionists, Bhangra dancers and modern drumline bands.
Tourism Malaysia chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen launched the main event at 9pm.
“I hope this will become a signature event that showcases the heritage, culture and unique diversity of Malaysia to the rest of the world,” she said in her opening speech.
A display of fireworks marked the start of the launch programme, which also featured a performance by over 100 dancers dressed in colourful Mardi Gras-style costumes.
Members of the BBKLCC Tourism Association, the organisers of the event, led the parade with shopping bags in their hands alongside the BBKLCC blimp and float.
In true street carnival fashion, paraders wore colourful and lively costumes, designed after themes that represented the continents of the world – Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia and Oceania, and lastly Asia.
Thousands of spectators watched in awe as the large floats went by accompanied by capoeira exponents, flamenco dancers, firebreathers, lion and dragon dances, Iban warriors and many other dancers dressed in various traditional costumes.
As the night wore on, all the spectators joined in the dancing and many took photos with the dancers and their colourful costumes.
The parade ended with another magnificent fireworks display, after which the street party continued until midnight with music spun by local deejays Joey G and Jesse Voorn.