The inaugural Ipoh Cultural Parade 2017 is set to see thousands of people gather in front of the Ipoh Town Hall which faces the iconic Ipoh Railway Station and also at the Brewster Village this Sunday, July 23, 2017.
Among the highlights will include colourful floats, marching bands, dancers in traditional costumes, martial arts display, street performances and much more to enthral both locals and tourists.
Some 120 artistic and colourful floats are expected to be showcased during the event starting from 9am.
Hectic preparations are currently underway for the final preparation of the big day.
The gathering is organised by the Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry to promote the diversity and cultural heritage of the city and also to celebrate its 110th year anniversary.
The parade is supported by Tourism Perak in conjunction with Visit Perak Year 2017.
Contrary to the knowledge of the younger generation, Ipoh is also known as “The Town That Tin Built” for its historical and significant association to the raw mineral which had played a pivotal part in its development in the early days.
The 2.8km parade is expected to draw locals as well as tourists to the city and the event is expected to be listed in the Malaysia Book of Records as the “Largest Parade in Malaysia”.
Among the major roads the parade will pass through are Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang, Jalan Sultan Yusuf and Jalan Onn Jaafar.
The parade celebration will continue in Ipoh South Gate (Medan Pulai Hartamas) in Jalan Gopeng, dubbed the Ipoh Cultural Fiesta 2017, organised by Eadepro Realty Sdn Bhd ( a subsidiary of Eastern Decorator Group of Company) bringing some of the floats to their location from 11am to 7pm.
Over 100 booths and food trucks will be set up offering food, famous Ipoh coffee, handicraft, clay art, handmade handbags, purse, earrings, and mug painting to name a few.