MIRI: People from all walks of life and religions in Miri demonstrated the spirit of friendship and mutual respect at the Miri Christmas Parade 2016.
They walked side by side through the streets holding candles and singing Christmas carols as the city ushered in an early Christmas celebration in style.
More than 40,000 Sarawak folk and tourists, of all ages took part in the event jointly organised by Miri City Council and 15 churches in Miri.
They were entertained by school bands as well as church, and community groups with songs and music along the 7km route.
The parade, which started from the Miri City Fan recreation park, was flagged off by politicians and local community leaders as well as Church leaders. Among them was Miri mayor Adam Yii.
Yii said the presence of people from all races and faiths at the event reflected Miri’s position as a model city for religious and racial tolerance.
He said the parade had become an iconic event that was a part of Miri’s tourism calender.
Among the tourists was Bernard Adebo, an African who lives in Brunei. He and his friends were in Miri to shop when they heard about the parade.
“This is very unique and colourful. I seldom see this sort of celebration in the western countries. This is a very attractive event for visitors. I hope more of such festive parades can be held more often during the year,” he said.
Bee Ling, who is studying in a college in Kuala Lumpur, said, she would come home and took part in the parade without fail during long holidays every year.
“It is the most meaningful event I have taken part in,” she said, adding that she would then share her videos with all her collegemates,” she said.
Miri folk walk the streets holding candles and singing Christmas carols