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Chingay Intro

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to shoot the Chingay Parade 2015. I will feature some shots from that event, but first I have some behind the scenes to share. 

Chingay Intro

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to shoot the Chingay Parade 2015. I will feature some shots from that event, but first I have some behind the scenes to share. 

comments (12)

Red sector? sounds ominous...
Ayush Basu: grin
I understand your reaction, Larry. But this venue is the F1 pit building and the vicinity is named as such.
looks like a george orwellian parade for sure lol
Ayush Basu: Oh well it is a grey area Elaine, but I understand what you're alluding to smile
  • Ray
  • Thailanddy plu
  • 11 Jul 2015, 03:16
A lot of official-looking folks here, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: The PM and/or President usually attend these events. This year, however, the first PM of Singapore and also the father of the current PM passed away and therefore there was no attendance.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Jul 2015, 06:13
Tension is building..
Ayush Basu: I hope you are not biting your nails then, Chris...
Kept under strict watch Ayush!
Ayush Basu: Just roving security personnel, Richard. I believe there were no measures such as bag searching, metal detectors, etc.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Jul 2015, 07:55
I thought at first that was the equivalent of our Gay pride events but I've learnt that it is nothing like it! Health and Safety people seem to be evidence.
Ayush Basu: I should have elaborated more on the parade, Alan. The Chingay parade started well over a hundred years ago. Earlier, the procession would make its way all over the heartlands of Singapore and residents would be watching it from roadsides or even the balconies/windows of their homes. Over time, the scale has grown and over the past decades, it has become a ticketed event. Now the parade takes place in designated areas. The original idea was to worship the Chinese deity, the Goddess of Mercy. Today it has become more multicultural and multiracial, with participation of the Singaporean Malay and Indian communities. Performances and floats dominate the parade. There are no LGBT connotations.
  • Lisl
  • Europe
  • 12 Jul 2015, 08:47
This looks to be interesting, Ayush - I will look forward
Ayush Basu: I neglected to give more of a background to this parade, Lisl. The Chingay parade started well over a hundred years ago. Earlier, the procession would make its way all over the heartlands of Singapore and residents would be watching it from roadsides or even the balconies/windows of their homes. Over time, the scale has grown and over the past decades, it has become a ticketed event. Now the parade takes place in designated areas. The original idea was to worship the Chinese deity, the Goddess of Mercy. Today it has become more multicultural and multiracial, with participation of the Singaporean Malay and Indian communities. Performances and floats dominate the parade. There are no LGBT connotations. Thank you for the comment.
  • Pauline
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Jul 2015, 10:32
What does the parade celebrate, Ayush?
Ayush Basu: I should have mentioned that up front, Pauline. The Chingay parade started well over a hundred years ago. Earlier, the procession would make its way all over the heartlands of Singapore and residents would be watching it from roadsides or even the balconies/windows of their homes. Over time, the scale has grown and over the past decades, it has become a ticketed event. Now the parade takes place in designated areas. The original idea was to worship the Chinese deity, the Goddess of Mercy. Today it has become more multicultural and multiracial, with participation of the Singaporean Malay and Indian communities. Performances and floats dominate the parade. There are no LGBT connotations.
Do they still parade through Orchard Rd?
Ayush Basu: Not in several years, LC. You should consider attending in the coming yearssmile
What's the Chingay Parade?
Ayush Basu: Very good question, Tom, and one that I should have covered under the description. But here goes. The Chingay parade started well over a hundred years ago. Earlier, the procession would make its way all over the heartlands of Singapore and residents would be watching it from roadsides or even the balconies/windows of their homes. Over time, the scale has grown and over the past decades, it has become a ticketed event. Now the parade takes place in designated areas. The original idea was to worship the Chinese deity, the Goddess of Mercy. Today it has become more multicultural and multiracial, with participation of the Singaporean Malay and Indian communities. Performances and floats dominate the parade. There are no LGBT connotations.
there is more security here than people watching the parade Ayush....petersmile
Ayush Basu: This was still early in the evening and I am somewhere backstage. The crowds trickle in later. Since the PM and/or President usually attend, security is on the more conservative side, Peter.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 13 Jul 2015, 05:54
Thank you for all the extra information, Ayush

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