The word Chingay is equivalent to the Mandarin word 妆艺 (zhuangyi) which means the art of costume and masquerade in the Hokkien dialect.
Here in Singapore, the Chingay Parade started in 1973 as a street parade to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Since then, it has evolved into an annual iconic event that showcases Singapore’s rich and unique multi-ethnic and cosmopolitan cultures.
The annual event is characterised by vibrant performers in elaborates costumes from different ethnicity, cultures and backgrounds; dazzling display of floats; huge intricate props and structures and cultural performances from all around the world. Chingay now owns the reputation as one of Asia’s largest street performance and float parade, a colourful epitome of the country’s multi-cultural society.
The first formal Chingay Parade in Singapore was mooted by our founding Prime Minister the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who was also the former Chairman of the People’s Association (PA). The celebrations, with all its colours and gaiety, compensated for the ban on firecrackers that was once a customary Lunar New Year practice to ward off evil spirits.
Major Milestones of Chingay
Held on 4th February 1973, the first Chingay saw PA teaming up with the Singapore National Pugilistic Federation to put up a grand parade. The main elements in the inaugural parade included various aspects of Chinese culture such as dragon and lion dances, martial arts and street opera performed in local dialects. The inaugural parade was so well received that PA made it an annual festival.
Chingay took on a multi-cultural flavour in 1976 featuring different ethnic communities joining in the celebrations through the showcase of their vibrant and celebratory cultural performances. The multi-ethnic elements brought Chingay to another level as a showcase of different communities living harmoniously as one united people.
International flavour was injected first in the 1987 edition when our main English newspaper, The Straits Times, sponsored four pop artistes from Tokyo, Japan to be part of Chingay. Since then, it has become a norm for Chingay to invite international artistes and troupes to participate in our celebrations every year, further elevating the event beyond a localised celebration.
Chingay celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012 with the first ever Waterway Parade of Love and Care where a 360-metre waterway was set as the performing stage for the 8,000 performers. In 2015, as part of the nation-wide SG50 Celebrations, Chingay 2015 presented the largest showcase in its history with 11,000 performers and 18 magnificent floats. More recently, Chingay 45 was celebrated in 2017 with A Water, Fire, Snow, Xinyao and Musical Parade – Soundwaves Chingay, WeCare Singapore.
Chingay is now a uniquely Singaporean tradition that is usually held during the second weekend of the Lunar New Year and celebrated by Singaporeans and Singapore residents from all ethnicities - Chinese, Malays, Indians, Eurasians and many others. For Chingay audiences, the event offers a treasured glimpse into the dynamism of Singapore’s vibrant multi-culturalism and exciting global cultures.
A dazzling extravaganza of colours and cultural diversity, this signature and iconic event is proudly created by our people, regardless of age, race, language and creed, as we welcome everyone to come together to celebrate as ONE.
Chingay 2019 - Dreams Funtastia
Into its 47th edition, Chingay 2019 returns to the F1 Pit Building on 15 and 16 February 2019 with the theme “Dreams Funtasia (Bicentennial Edition)”. Singapore’s uniquely multicultural street and floats extravaganza is back to stimulate spectators with the unlimited imagination of what Singaporeans can achieve and what Singapore can become in the future as we commemorate the Singapore Bicentennial.
Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to be part of this special Bicentennial edition of Chingay 2019!
Chingay 2019 Highlights
First-of-its-kind 270m painting to commemorate Singapore Bicentennial
This 270m by 7m long painting that depicts the “Past, Present and Future” of Singapore will open the parade as a meaningful gift from the community to Singapore for this milestone year.
Co-created by three Singaporean multi-disciplinary artists of different races, the painting illustrates the history of Singapore that dates back to 200 years and before, as a humble fishing village; to the present-day modern, progressive multi-ethnic country; to the limitless imagination of our dreams and aspirations for the future. Singaporeans and residents from all walks of life have also left their fingerprints on this painting to symbolise their commitment and determination to work together towards the next 200 years.
The completed painting is digitised and enlarged into a 270-metre long artwork that will be brought to life at the parade by 240 performers interspersed within the painting. The three artists, together with six budding ones, will put the finishing touches to the painting ‘live’ during the parade.
Dream Catchers – Following your Passion
Besides the Chingay signature showcases from our multi-ethnic communities that promises to enthral audience, Chingay 2019 will feature exciting performances from a diverse representation of cultural and interest groups as we come together to celebrate our pursuit of our dreams and passion in life.
Traditional Chinese skilled acts will be challenging themselves with more electrifying performances such as acrobatic stunts by stilt walkers and freestyle lions on high poles, and a 49m LED giant flying balloon dragon that is making its debut at the parade. They will be joined by other modern skilled interest groups such as cheerleaders, unicyclists, rhythmic gymnasts and LED Kites enthusiasts, all gearing up to show off their tricks and stunts to Chingay audiences.
What’s more, get ready to be blown away as riders on different vehicles - Go-Karts, Harley Davidson bikes, Vintage cars and Vespa sidecars wow the audience with speed and style on a much bigger stage this year.
Limitless imagination of Future Singapore
Hundreds of young people are coming together to present a futuristic and dynamic FINALE that celebrates Singapore as a nation and home with our unique Singaporean identity and distinctive DNA. They will be joined by thousands of performers from the previous performing items as we come together to pledge our support and commitment towards building Singapore for the next 200 years. And who can forget the stunning display of pyrotechnics and fireworks to end off the night on a high?
Back for a second year with more interesting and engaging offerings, the Chingay Carnival will span over three days from 15 to 17 February 2019, 3pm – 10pm at the open space behind the Singapore Flyer. The area will be transformed into a whimsical Chingay wonderland with a variety of activities to engage everyone, young and old. Check out the different zones with family-friendly activities, INSTAGRAM-worthy artistic installations and the trendiest mouth-watering food and drinks on sale. Don’t miss the chance to get up-close and personal with our Chingay performers and floats throughout the night. There will also be limited edition Chingay merchandise on sale!
On Sunday (17 February 2019), the F1 race track will be turn into a huge adventure playground where adventurers of all ages can challenge each other to win Chingay honours with special giveaways and attractive prizes up for grabs. End the night with a movie under the stars, right on the F1 race track. Bring your family and friends down for a day of fun at the Chingay Carnival! Stay tuned for more details.
Pre-Registration for Chingay Carnival 2019
Pre-register for the work stops to get an exclusive Chingay Collectible!
Note: Collection of Chingay Collectible is restricted to 9pm - 10pm (on each day) at the Chingay Carnival Merchandise Store.
$15 for a fun 10-min ride on the Go-Kart Fun Circuit!
SUNDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 2019 - 5.00PM - 8.00PM
Complete a series of 5 obstacle course stations in the shortest time possible to win attractive prizes!
Kids Category - 6 to 12 years old
Compulsory Briefing @ 4.30pm*, race start @ 5.00pm
Open Category - 13 years old and above
Compulsory Briefing @ 6.00pm*, race start @ 6.30pm
Limited Slots Available and allocation of slots is on a first-come-first-served basis.
*All participants are required to register on-site from 3.30pm onwards.
PA Talents is Singapore's only multi-ethnic performing group. It comprises of seven performing units, namely:
The PA Talents is an important contributor to cross-cultural appreciation and understanding as its performances reach out to thousands of local and international audiences. The PA Talents forms the mainstay of the world renowned Chingay Parade, which is the People's Association's annual celebration of Singapore's cultural diversity and also an integral feature of the National Day Parade. By invitation of international organisations and diplomatic missions, the PA Talents has also represented Singapore at well-received concerts in many countries, including Vietnam, Netherlands and Mexico.
The performances of PA Talents promotes racial harmony and celebrate Singapore's unique cultures, enabling Singaporeans and the world to appreciate the beauty of our cultural diversity through music and dance.
Capture Your Moments of Fantasy at The WEARHouse
THE WEARHouse was founded in 1973 with the objective of promoting racial harmony and supporting People Association’s cultural and community events. Over the years, it has grown and now has an extensive collection of more than 3,000 pieces of multi-ethnic costumes, headgears, accessories and props. Our collection includes traditional ethnic wear such as Chinese Cheongsam, Malay Baju Kurung, Indian Sari and Peranakan Sarong Kebaya to outfits of iconic characters from Singapore’s past like Samsui Woman, Coolie and Yesteryear Policeman. We also have a wide variety of ethnic costumes from around the world such as Japanese Kimono, Korean Hanbok and Chut Thai. Complete the look with matching props, headgears and dazzling accessories.
- The People's Association and its organising partners reserve all rights to amend privilege, Terms and Conditions without prior notice.
- Use of this ticket denotes consent to all listed Terms and Conditions.
- No refund or exchange of ticket will be made under all circumstances. (i.e. rain/thunderstorm and etc)
- Admission is strictly by ticket and each ticket admits ONE only.
- Infant-in-arm is discouraged and children two years (by year) and above requires a ticket for admission.
- The People's Association reserves the right to refuse latecomers. Entry and admission will not be permitted until appropriate pause in the Parade.
- Strobe lighting and loud noises may be expected at the Parade.
*All Chingay tickets should be purchased from the People's Association and APACTix channels (online, mobile, hotline, box office and outlets). Tickets may only be purchased from the Authorised Ticket Outlets. Unauthorised tickets will be denied admission.
1) SINGAPORE FLYER
One Free Admission Ticket with every purchase of Two Full Fare Adult Tickets.Valid from 1 February to 31 March 2019
Terms and Conditions:
- Blackout dates: Eve of and first two days of Chinese New Year (4 to 6 February 2019)
- Presentation of Chingay 2019 admission ticket at the Ticketing Counter is required to enjoy this offer.
- Up to Six (06) tickets (2 sets of 3 tickets each) can be purchased per transaction with every Chingay 2019 admission ticket.
- Usual Price Adult Ticket: $33.00
- Not valid with any other promotions or discounts.
2) GARDENS BY THE BAY
20% Discount for Singapore Resident admission rates to One or Two Conservatories. Valid from 18 January to 3 March 2019
Terms and Conditions:
- Promotion only valid for Singapore residents which refer to Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and holders of valid Work Permit, Employment Pass or Dependent Pass. Not valid for tourist.
- Present Chingay 2019 admission tickets / PA-issued Chingay Participant / Volunteer Pass, at Gardens by the Bay’s Ticketing booths (Bayfront & Canopy) to enjoy the discount.
- Each Chingay admission ticket/pass will allow the local resident to buy up to 4 discounted tickets, per transaction.
- Proof of residency is required upon purchase of the Singapore Resident admission tickets and admission to the Conservatories.
- This promotion is NOT applicable for tickets purchased at Gardens by the Bay’s Online Ticketing portal.
- This discount is not valid for purchase of OCBC Skyway or Shuttle Service, Auto Rider or Outdoor Garden Audio Tour tickets.
- Singapore Resident Adult admission ticket is valid for adult aged 13 to 59 years old.
(Two Conservatories - Usual Price Adult Ticket: $20.00)
(One Conservatory - Usual Price Adult Ticket: $12.00)
- Singapore Resident Child admission ticket is valid for child aged 3 to 12 years old.
(Two Conservatories - Usual Price Child Ticket: $12.00)
(One Conservatory - Usual Price Child Ticket: $8.00)
- Singapore Resident Senior citizen admission ticket is valid for adult aged 60 years old & above.
(Two Conservatories- Usual Price Senior Ticket: $15.00)
(One Conservatory – Usual Price Senior Ticket: $8.00)
- No claims will be entertained for any lost, torn, defaced or expired tickets.
- Admission ticket purchased is not refundable or exchangeable for cash and only valid for the day of entry.
- This discount is not valid with any other offers/promotions.
THE F1 PIT BUILDING
1 REPUBLIC BOULEVARD
Public buses 106, 111, and 133 serve Temasek Avenue. Promenade MRT (0.378km away) and City Hall MRT (1.319km away) are the nearest train stations.
Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk, #05-31, S528523
MRT: Tampines MRT
BUS : Please refer to the map
Bus Service Number
A22, 239 (Opp Blk 945)
B3, 10, 20, 23, 31, 34, 39, 65, 57, 292, 293 (Tampines Stadium)