Melaka departs from the norm by deciding to host a street parade that will add on to the festive air while celebrating the 9th anniversary of UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 7.
The boisterous parade with colourful floats will wind through Melaka heritage enclave passing through its popular Jonker’s Street.
Different ethnic groups will break out with lively street dances and the dance troupe to watch is the Portuguese doing the tap dance routine, Melaka Historic City Council Corporate and Communication chief Freda Hafiz Yeo told where2.
“A rousing dance performance, comprises six main ethic groups in Melaka, is something unique to showcase the historic city’s diverse culture.
“The groups are Malay, Chinese, descendants of Baba and Nyonya, Portuguese plus the indigenous Chettiars clad in traditional costumes are set to dazzle spectators with their cultural dance moves,” she said.
Malay music instruments like serunai (flute), nafiri (trumpet), and gendang (drums) will add to the roar of approval as the sound reverberates during the parade.
The parade will end at the landmark Portuguese fortress, A Famosa, at Bandar Hilir where the opening ceremony of the annual celebration will be held from 8pm to 11pm.
Melaka Governor Tun Dr Mohd Khalil Yaakob will be accompanied by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron to grace the opening ceremony.
“Come early as the venue is expected to be packed with thousands of visitors to experience the rich cultural diversity being offered by Melaka.
“A Hari Raya open house that coincides with the Muslim Hari Raya festivity is an ideal way to tantalize the taste buds of visitors with a wide range of local delicacies such as kuih muih to try.
“The feast brings a sense of Muhibbah (caring) and showcases the warm Malaysian hospitality to those present at the venue,” she added.