Orchard Road turned into a mini Chingay event on Saturday when it was closed to traffic for the monthly Pedestrian Night.
Performers in elaborate costumes roamed the street, entertaining Singaporeans and tourists alike in a sneak preview of what is to come in the annual Chingay Parade next month. Entertainers wore elaborate headgear and flowing jewel-studded dresses, dancing and mingled with the crowd. Some even stopped to take photos with pedestrians.
Among the performers were Madam Jessica Tay, 40, and her daughter Alix Chong, 14. Both are participating in the Chingay Parade under the People’s Association Talents, a multi-ethnic performing group.
Madam Tay has been a part of Chingay Parades “on and off” ever since her Chinese dance teacher first roped her in when she was 14. “It’s the passion. All of us have the passion for dancing. And the atmosphere at Chingay is awesome. You can’t experience it on TV,” said Madam Tay, who recalled her first Chingay performance as one filled with anticipation.
Hoping that Alix could go through the Chingay experience as well, Madam Tay had been encouraging her to join, only to be refused. But the teenager finally took up the challenge this year after witnessing the spectacle for herself in the stands last year. The colours and dance items overwhelmed Alix, Madam Tay said.
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