Street parade marks City Day

  • Nation
  • Monday, 04 Aug 2003

KUCHING: The Sarawak capital was bathed in lights and sounds as thousands turned up for a colourful street parade to mark Kuching’s 15th City Day celebrations here on Saturday night. 

Five creatively decorated floats were the main attractions in the three-kilometre procession from the City South Council Building to Padang Merdeka. 

City folks and tourists lined the routes and cheered as 37 groups – which included cultural troupes, brass bands and uniformed bodies – marched through the streets. 

State dignitaries, including state Tourism Minister Datuk Abang Johari Tun Openg, City South mayor Chan Seng Khai and City North commissioner Madehi Kolek, watched the parade from a specially built grandstand along the waterfront in front of the Kuching Hilton. 

At Padang Merdeka, local bands and musicians performed songs at an open-air concert to entertain a huge crowd gathered there to celebrate their city’s anniversary. 

The City Day street parade was the highlight of the month-long Kuching Festival that featured some 35 musical, cultural and sports events. 

On Friday, a dazzling fireworks display kicked off another major crowd-puller – a three-week long food festival at the Padungan community hall. 

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