Chicken-Crazy Chinatown and the Chingay Parade
Trip Start Oct 20, 2004
44Trip End Apr 26, 2005
Chinese New Year in Singapore isn't complete without a trip to Chinatown. We spent an entire afternoon wandering through Chinatown's chicken-crazed streets for a closer look at the lights and decorations, all the while suppressing our consumerist tendencies amidst the alluring merchandise. (Ok, we did break down and buy a couple of souvenirs. We just couldn't resist the promise for good luck and prosperity!)
Another highlight of Singapore's Chinese New Year celebration is the Chingay Parade. The trees along Orchard Road are strung with twinkling lights, and stadium bleachers are set up weeks before the event. The actual parade, which is held on both Friday night (preliminary round) and Saturday night (round 2), draws thousands of spectators from all over the world. Singapore goes to great lengths to put on a first-rate show; a mix between the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and Disney World's Electric Parade, the floats are some of the most ornate in existence. It's a beautiful display of cultures and entertainment, and definitely worth fighting the crowd for a glimpse of the action.