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Chingay 2020 features world’s longest ‘flying dragon’ & 200m fire cracker & pyrotechnic show

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Zhangxin Zheng | January 26, 12:27 pm

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Chingay Parade 2020 marks the 48th iteration of the iconic street parade event.

The word “Chingay” derives from the Mandarin word “妆艺” (zhuangyi) which means the art of costume and masquerade in the Hokkien dialect.

This year’s Chingay Parade will be held on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the F1 pit building.

World’s largest flying dragon

The highlight for Chingay Parade 2020 is this 108m long flying dragon touted as the world’s longest by its team of 12 craftsmen.

The dragon took about two months to complete.

To help you visualise the size of it, 108m is about 36 floors.

The flying dragon will also measure up to 2m wide and weigh up to 90kg – making it five times longer, five times wider and 14 times heavier than a conventional dragon.

This is about 20m longer than the flying dragon in 2011, which was already an impressively 88m long:

Photo courtesy of People’s Association.

Other highlights

Other than the spectacular flying dragon, there will also be the release of the longest firecrackers along the 200m parade route as well as a 45-second pyrotechnics show in addition to the usual fireworks display.

Dubbed “Colours in Harmony”, the event involves about 6,000 volunteers putting up diverse and multicultural performances incorporating traditional and contemporary elements.

For example, there will be a “battle” of stilt walkers and sky runners as well as a conventional dragon dance performing on a 3.5m high rotating platform and remote-controlled LED flying dragons dancing at the event.

Photo via Chingay 2020 website.
Photo via Chingay 2020 website.

Wuhan virus: Chingay & River Hongbao events will go on with extra measures & temp. screening

Here’s a reminder to some precautions you can take against the novel coronavirus this CNY period:

Top photo from People’s Association

About Zhangxin Zheng

Zhangxin’s favourite pastime is singing Mulan’s soundtrack in the mangrove forests. She hopes to perfect the art of napping in a hammock in the mangroves without being drowned by rising sea levels.

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