Ipoh Cultural Parade 2017
A day to mark in history! Ipoh was awakened by an enormous Cultural Parade featuring the splendours of Malaysian culture, music, dance, and products. The event was organised by the Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI) in cooperation with Tourism Perak and the State Government. This extravagant event was held in celebration of PCCCI’s 110th Anniversary, in line with ‘Visit Perak Year 2017’.
54 organisations from all over Perak participated in this 2.8 kilometer parade which began its journey from Ipoh Town Hall heading towards Old Town. The parade was officially launched when Perak’s own Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir released a helium balloon into the sky.
The Helium Balloon going up and away
The event kicked off with a gigantic birthday cake float followed by PCCCI members, celebrating the organisation's 110th Anniversary.
Following this, was the awesome spectacle of some of now rarely seen transport of yesteryears. An old-fashioned cigarette tricycle, trishaw, bicycles and a rickshaw which Mr Ian Anderson and employees from the Ipoh World organisation and Symphony Suites Hotel rode, showcased the most popular mode of transportation across Asia during the early days. This sight brought back fond memories and nostalgia of the past when we last rode in them with our grandparents to go out and about town before motorized vehicles ruled the roads.
Exhibit by Ipoh World
A ‘Living Heritage’ mural painted by Mr. Chin Choon Yau sponsored by Symphony Suites Hotel & World Layout Art was another starting highlight. It featured the ‘good old days’ of the laid-back Ipoh lifestyle with classic ‘Kopi and Teh Tarik’; Malaysian favourites be it day or night and the famous fruit among Ipohites, none other than the sweet, juicy Pomelo. This short float was accompanied by dancers as lively Dulang Washers, a tea-maker and pomelo seller with the theme song from the 2011 Musical ‘Shiny Black Gold’ by PSPA.
Participants by Perak Society of Performing Arts with float
The parade’s numerous beautiful floats of different shapes and sizes, gloriously displayed fantastic music ranging from classical to modern, chic costumes from traditional to current day fashion, dances in their many forms and styles by professional hip-hop, Latin, theatrical, lion and dragon dancers and comedy, which absolutely fascinated the audience.
Parade by Persatuan Orang Asli Perak
Malay College Kuala Kangsar