People's Association

Singapore's Chingay Parade first started in 1973, as a result of the ban on firecrackers in Singapore. For the subsequent 3 decades, we had a street parade that many Singaporeans looked forward to every Lunar New Year.

However, over the past few years, the event had become an exclusive ticketed event at the F1 Pit - a place where most people would not find themselves headed for if they were not going to the Singapore Flyer (Most performing groups are just walking by the non-ticketed sectors even, not performing). Many people don't even know that Chingay still exist, though most still fondly reminisce squeezing through the crowd just to get a glimpse of the parade.

Presently, even though we have Chingay@Heartlands, only a handful of floats are selected where few, if not none of the performance presented in the actual parade is brought to the people at the Heartlands.

In short, the Chingay Parade has lost its significance to many Singaporeans. It is now an exclusive for the selected few who have the means to buy the tickets/obtain complimentary tickets.

We, the undersigned, call on the People's Association to return the Parade back to the people where it was conventionally held - on the streets - where more audiences (Singaporeans and Tourists alike) can celebrate and immerse in the myriad of Cultures intricately put together for that sole purpose.

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The Bringing Chingay back to the People! petition to People's Association was written by Trey Ho and is in the category Culture at GoPetition.