The 2019 Macao International Parade, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Macau’s Handover to China, takes place on December 8. This year’s parade is themed on the cultures of the countries and regions along the Belt and Road Initiative, which covers the historical Silk Road and Maritime Silk Road, passing through Central Asia, Northern Asia, Western Asia, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea, among other regions. The route has a profound culture and historical background, encouraging artists to develop their creativity, broadening their international cultural horizons and promoting “Love, Peace and Cultural Integration”.
The parade provides Macau arts groups with an annual performance platform in order to amplify their creativity and showcase their creative talent while propelling the diverse development of the local cultural industries and creating an opportunity for the groups to interact with performing groups from different parts of the world. The parade route this year is basically the same as last year, starting at the Ruins of St. Paul’s and finishing at Sai Van Lake Square.
Participating groups may join the Parade as either a “Themed Parade Group” or as an “Artistic Parade Group”; the participating groups in the “Themed Parade Group” can refer to the list of the “One Belt, One Road” countries and regions, provided by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, to develop their own theme based on the culture or folklore from the countries and regions and present a performance in any kind of art forms, that does not exceed more than two minutes; while the “Artistic Parade Group” may give free play to their own artistic characteristics. Participants may also apply to join the “Art Promotion Mini Parade” and the “Community Art Program”, to be held on the days prior to the Parade, bringing different forms of culture and arts to local communities.
When: 3:00pm–7:00pm, Sunday, December 8, 2019
Where: Throughout Macau peninsula
Circuit: Ruins of St Paul’s → Rua de S. Paulo → Rua da Palha → Largo de S. Domingos → Senado Square → Travessa do Roquete → Rua da Sé → Calçada de S. João → Avenida da Praia Grande → Avenida Panorâmica do Lago Nam Van → Avenida Doutor Stanley Ho → Sai Van Lake Square
How much: Free admission