Christmas fills the air in Kuching, thousands join annual parade

Lavish floats light-up the streets of Kuching during the annual Christmas parade. (All photos contributed by Linda Wong)

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KUCHING, Dec 8: Christmas spirit has filled the city, when thousands of people gathered for the annual Kuching Christmas Parade.

City dwellers gathered as early as 5pm at the flag-off point at the Jubilee Ground to take part in an evening of fun and joy, taking the streets of Kuching accompanied by carolers and brass bands.

As many as 16 lavishly-decorated Christmas floats lighted up the festivity and adding colour to the procession, which was also joined by numerous performers entertaining both participants and the crowd lining up the streets to watch the parade on Saturday evening (Dec 8).

The long march, stretching 4km, traveled from Kuching South City Council (MBKS)’s Jubilee Ground to Jalan Padungan, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman (Kuching Waterfront), Lebuh Temple, Lebuh Wayang, Jalan Tabuan and Jalan Ban Hock before heading back to the starting point.

A float depicting the manger, where Jesus was born, is one of many that featured in this year’s parade.

This year’s Christmas parade is organised by the Association of Churches in Sarawak with Kuching Ministers’ Fellowship and hosted by Methodist Church SCAC

Participating churches included the Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Church, Methodist Church SIAC, Borneo Evangelical Church (SIB), Seventh Day Adventist, Sarawak Baptist Church, Hope Church, Calvary Family Church, Sarawak Grace Assembly, Blessed Church, Good News Fellowship, City Harvest Church, the Salvation Army and Fellowship of Evangelical Students.

Many from all walks of life line-up the streets of Kuching city to enjoy the parade.
A float that looks like a ginger-bread house adds colour to the parade.

Prior to the start of the parade, an incantation of praise and worship session was held at Jubilee Ground at 6.30pm.

Themed “Good news of great joy”, the parade this year aimed to spread the true meaning of Christmas, to bring blessing, harmony and goodwill to the people. — DayakDaily