Some 1,350 performers livened up the city through a medley of dance, music and stunts in the Macao International Parade. Organised by the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) to mark the 18th anniversary of the establishment of the Macau Special Administrative Region, the parade, formerly known as “Parade through Macau, Latin City” has been renamed “Macao International Parade”.
According to an IC statement, the name change aims to underline Macau’s “move towards internationalisation, demonstrating the unique charm of Macau”. The parade, billed as a feast of “Love, Peace and Cultural Integration”, kicked off at the Ruins of St Paul’s with performers dancing, playing music and showing off their stunts as they passed through the busy Largo do Senado, on to Nam Van Lake before ending in Sai Van Lake Square where each of the 64 participating groups, including 15 from overseas, got their moment in the spotlight as they performed on the big stage under a laser light show.
IC Acting President leong Chi Kin told the media in Sai Van Lake Square that the crowd gathered along the parade route amounted to about 150,000. Leong also said that the budget for this year’s parade was about MOP16 million, MOP1 million more than last year. He said that most of the money was spent on sponsoring overseas groups and installations for the event.