Dazzling display of harmony


Girls dressed in ancient Chinese attire, showing grace and good balance while walking on stilts.

Girls dressed in ancient Chinese attire, showing grace and good balance while walking on stilts.

THE carnival mood was very much in the air as the annual Chingay parade transformed the celebrations at the Butterworth town into a multi-cultural fare.

The two-hour extravaganza saw thousands of locals and tourists including foreigners being entertained with flag balancing acts, lion and dragon dances, colourful floats, stilts walking, school brass bands, Silat and Silambam performances.

(BRIEF CAPTION) Dragon dance with fire work performance during the Penang Chingay Festival Parade 2018 at Padang MPSP in Bagan Luar, Butterworth. Pic by: Zhafaran Nasib / The Star/ 23 December 2018.
A spectacular dragon dance performance enhanced with fireworks during the Penang Chingay Festival Parade 2018 at Padang MPSP in Bagan Luar, Butterworth. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

As it coincided with the Yuletide season, some participants dressed in Santa costumes also belted out classic Christmas carols during the 4.4km procession which began in Jalan Bagan Luar and passed through Jalan Telaga Air, Jalan Raja Uda before reaching the Tow Boo Keong Temple.

Participants in Santa costumes cheering and singing Christmas carols during the parade.
Participants in Santa costumes cheering and singing Christmas carols during the parade.

The event was jointly organised by the Penang government and Tiong Hua Sports and Cultural Association of Kepala Batas.

One of the highlights is a float featuring dragon heads.
One of the highlights is a float featuring dragon heads.

Association chairman and event organising committee chairman Lay Hock Peng said the annual event had been organised since 2008.

Dancers performing a cultural dance with Chinese drums.
Dancers performing a cultural dance with Chinese drums.

“We started organising this event after the then Pakatan Rakyat took over the state’s administration.

“We have been doing this on an annual basis and this is the 10th year we are hosting the event,” he said.

(Above) A Chingay troupe performing stunts during the parade. (Right) A spectacular dragon dance performance enhanced with fireworks during the Penang Chingay Festival Parade 2018 at Padang MPSP in Bagan Luar, Butterworth. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star
A Chingay troupe performing stunts during the parade.

Lay joined state executive councillors Phee Boon Poh and Soon Lip Chee in flagging off the parade.

A troupe adding cultural variety to the celebration with traditional Malay music.
A troupe adding cultural variety to the celebration with traditional Malay music.

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