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.
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.
The event was jointly organised by the Penang government and Tiong Hua Sports and Cultural Association of Kepala Batas.
Association chairman and event organising committee chairman Lay Hock Peng said the annual event had been organised since 2008.
“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.
Lay joined state executive councillors Phee Boon Poh and Soon Lip Chee in flagging off the parade.