THE Chingay parade next year will be bigger, grander and even more racially inclusive.

The largest ever contingent of Malays and Indian participants - 1,200 Malays and 300 Indians - will showcase their cultures in the 39th edition of the annual street parade, which will take place on Feb 11 and 12.

This is far more than the 150 performers that each of these racial groups sent to this year's parade. Malays and Indians have figured in every Chingay parade, but Chinese performers typically make up the bulk of this street carnival, usually held during the 15-day Chinese New Year festivities.

Mr Nah Juay Hng, the chairman of the Chingay 2011 executive committee, said the increased engagement comes from the People's Association's (PA) wish to bring people of all races together for the event. More than 8,000 performers have been lined up for next year, about 1,000 more than this year, and the performances will be more elaborate.

The Malays and Indians will each get their own segment.

For instance, the Malays, most of whom come from Malay activity executive committees of the community clubs, will perform dikir barat, a form of Malay choral singing, and put on show bunga manggar, colourful artificial trees associated with joyous occasions.

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