The People’s Association (PA) celebrates Chingay Parade’s 36th Anniversary this year. From humble beginnings in 1973 to replace Chinese New Year firecrackers which had been banned, the parade has evolved and grown into an internationally acclaimed multi-cultural festive event for all Singaporeans and residents, whatever our race or creed. We also share this joyous homegrown national celebration with the visitors to Singapore.
The vast majority of Chingay performers, Singaporeans and visitors alike, are volunteers who come from all walks of life. Chingay is a great example of how the PA brings diverse groups of people together, and brings out the best in everyone by working together in harmony.
Chingay also exemplifies what can be achieved when there is partnership among people, private and public sectors. Apart from community volunteers - performers, choreographers, cheerleaders and marshals - government and related agencies like the Singapore Tourism Board, the Singapore Totalisator Board, and the Community Development Councils continue to be staunch Chingay supporters. And in recent years with the inclusion of corporate sponsors, and contributions of corporate leaders in our Organising Committee, I am confident that Chingay will keep on growing year by year, and know no bounds.
PA especially thanks His Excellency President S R Nathan for gracing Chingay 2008 and for so kindly giving Chingay his personal support for many years.
With everyone’s support, we will continue to grow Chingay as a Uniquely Singapore world class event, celebrating our multi-cultural heritage and harmony.
People's Association and Chingay wish Singapore Totalisator Board a happy 20th Anniversary and Singapore Pools a joyous 40th Anniversary celebration.
Tan Boon Huat
Chief Executive Director