MIRI: Christians in Miri, joined by their friends of other faiths, will usher in an early Christmas in grand style by staging a colourful Christmas Parade on Dec 6.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem is expected to join tens of thousands of Christians from 15 different churches in the celebrations at the Miri City Fan recreation park.
Miri — which is the most cosmopolitan and diverse urban centre in Sarawak — will once again show its hallmark of being able to stage a religious celebration in multiracial fashion, said Miri Mayor Lawrence Lai.
Lai told a press conference yesterday that this year is expected to witness an expected crowd of at least 30,000 people, surpassing last year’s attendance of about 25,000.
“As in past years, this Christmas Parade will see a multiracial, multiethnic and multireligious participation.
“It will once again portray Miri’s image of being a truly harmonious and united society where people from all races live in peace with each other,” he said.
The Christmas Parade in Miri is especially unique because people from all religions take part in the celebrations.
The parade usually takes on a more sombre tone when night falls, with participants carrying candles and lamps to light their way.
A 30-feet high Christmas tree will also be lit in the park,.