Sunday, February 17, 2008

CityJam 2008

Chingay Parade 2008 took to the streets on 16 Feb 2008 (Saturday). Orchard road, a yearly venue for the hosting of the parade is currently undergoing an ‘overhaul’ or upgrading, and hence the parade found its way to the street in front of the old Supreme Court and City Hall this year.

Colourful floats decorated the streets, and for the first time, F1 racing cars trailed past the audience in a demonstration of what is to come on 28 Sept this year when Singapore hosts its leg of the F1 racing competition.

But what perhaps was the most special about this year’s Chingay Parade was the post parade party: “CityJam 2008”- an all-night long partying in front of City hall.

CityJam 2008 was an initiative by the People’s Association Youth Movement (PAYM), in collaboration with St James Power Station and Tiger Brewery. It offered revellers a very rare opportunity to dance and pub right at the door steps of CityHall. Ticket were priced at $15 (advance booking) and $20 (door).

On that very night, once the crowds for the Chingay parade dispersed and the preparations for CityJam were ready; revellers, a mix of locals and foreign expatriates from Greece, UK, USA, Australia, Malaysia, the Philippines, etc coalesced onto CityHall for an all-night of fun and partying.

The famous Cuba band from Zouk wowed revellers with its hip and fast dance amidst the vast arrays of colourful and exciting visual displays. On this very night, CityHall metamorphosed into a huge dancing floor.

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