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For Chingay 2010, the People's Association allowed members of the public to form their own marching contingent. 2 members of the local gay community, Kim and Roy, took the opportunity to form Singapore's first gay Chingay contingent. They were dressed in pink and waved the rainbow flag. In subsequent years, this practice of permitting members of the public to march in their own ad hoc groups was stopped. Report by Roy Tan: "Wahoo! I had an absolutely mind-blowing, exhilarating time marching in the first gay contingent in Singapore's Chingay history. Guess who was the guest-of-honour? It was none other than Lee Hsien Loong himself! We had a captive audience of 100,000 people, according to the papers. I experienced the whole gamut of emotions from confusion to bewilderment to amusement to urgency of micturition to tiredness to disappointment to adrenaline-pumping excitement to relief to a sense of achievement and to exhaustion. My friend Kim and I tried our best to get there before 6:30 pm because that was when registration for the public to join in the samba dance closed. Since road closures around the venue were announced, we decided to take a cab there as the walk from the Adelphi, near City Hall MRT station, to the F1 grandstand would take about twenty minutes and we didn't want to be late. The taxi fare was pretty steep though, over ten dollars for just a short ride. When we approached the officials there to enquire where we had to report, nobody seemed to know what was going on. We met with the usual Singaporean response - when in doubt, act blur! Fortunately, some of the People's Association volunteers who manned the carnival tents had some inkling of the offer to let the public march, so we handed in our registration forms and were told to wait for samba dance instructions. The PA had hoped more of the public would turn up but there were only Kim and me. The only pair of Singaporeans interested in marching impromptu in the Chingay parade were both gay! Says a lot about the enthusiasm of mainstream Singaporeans for an event like this, doesn't it? Anyway, I don't blame them as almost every float was from some government organisation or other. I was decked out entirely in pink, but that wasn't good enough for the screeners, who said that we had to rent their costumes or else we couldn't march. I decided to buy a sequinned, pink, long-sleeved shirt for thirty dollars because if I had merely rented the same shirt, it would have cost twenty dollars. One had to spend at least twenty bucks at the costume-rental tent before one was allowed to join in the parade. What a load of gold-diggers! Kim had hoped to be able to march only in his skimpy shorts but since there was this spending requirement, he bought two pink feather boas and a pair of pink fairy wings. He tied one round his shorts and the other was used as a laurel wreath on his head. The bands attached to the fairy wings were too tight for his broad shoulders and cut into his skin, so we modified them to hang from his neck instead, which was infinitely more comfortable. Because of Kim's incredibly beautiful body, he was the participant which most spectators wanted to take a picture with. When he walked past two contingents of over 100 school kids, they all broke out into a cheer at the sight of his sculpted bod minimally covered with pink feathers. We were totally confused as to the order in which the floats and contingents were to start marching, so we decided to join a trio of white samba dancers from the States and Oz. They said they were gay-friendly and welcomed us to march with them. At one point, we almost feared that we wouldn't be able to march as a parade warden noticed that we were only two strong and didn't seem to fit in with the other contingents. Fortunately, another more knowledgeable warden butted in and said we were the public contingent and allowed us to take our place in the queue. I handed Kim my rainbow flag, which Lonvoon gave me last year, on a ten-foot pole and told him to wave it, while I recorded him on video. I figured that the sight of him, almost naked except for skimpy feathers waving a rainbow flag would be more iconically gay than myself. We were met with cheers and applause along the entire length of the route, especially from the gay and lesbian spectators. You should have seen Lee Hsien Loong's face when he caught sight of Kim. He smiled in glee and broke out in rapturous applause. (Actually, he did this for every other contingent too, but that's beside the point.) After Kim got tired of waving the flag, he handed it to me and I tried to dance a neo-samba while waving it. It was my turn to be recorded on video by him, this time, but it was only towards the end of the route..." Links:

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