Thursday, August 10, 2006

Kuching City Day: Parading their cultural wealth

A troupe from SarakuP Indu Dayak Sarawak performing an Iban dance.

The Orang Ulu National Association's contingent showcasing
their beautiful costumes and graceful dance moves.



By SHARON LING Photos by RAPAEE KAWI

The annual Kuching City Day parade drew thousands of onlookers to the city streets last weekend.

Starting at Jubilee Ground near the Kuching South City Council’s headquarters, the parade made its way along Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman through the city’s golden triangle into Jalan Temple, Main Bazaar along the Sarawak River and Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg to finish at Padang Merdeka.

Some 32 contingents comprising well over 1,000 participants took part in the parade, one of the highlights of the ongoing Kuching Festival.

The parade was led by the Victoria Arms Big Bikers zooming down the streets on their machines, followed by riders on motorcyles, Vespas and bicycles.

One of the more outlandish contingents was the combined Kuching South City Council and Kuching North City Hall group of 100 participants who wore costumes to promote environmen-tal awareness. Some wore capes made out of aluminium cans while others dressed up as dustbins with the slogan “Keep Kuching clean”.

There were other contingents in fancy costume as well as cultural troupes who showed off a whole range of ethnic costumes and dances found in Sarawak.

They included the Orang Ulu National Association, the Sarakup Indu Dayak Sarawak, Indian Association Kuching, Anak Borneo and Kumpulan Hadrah Nurul Asikin.

Adding a musical flavour to the parade were various brass bands from the two city councils, the Boys’ Brigade, SMK Green Road, Kuching Chung Hua Middle Schools and SMK Ku-ching High.

The parade was launched by State Housing Minister Datuk Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg.

Other activities lined up for the month-long festival, themed “Kuching: Vibrant and Cultural City,” include an open-air movie carnival, food fair, garden show, cultural performances and various competitions.

Source: The Star

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