Iloilo Dinagyang Sponsors Mardigras Parade PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 13:32

Since I am in Iloilo now for the Dinagyang Festival, I will be chronicling its activities and will be sharing what makes it as the Queen of Philippine Festivals. One of its major events is the Sponsors Mardigras Parade this Saturday. I got the full background about it from posted by Antoine Greg.

“The Sponsors Mardigras Parade is a lively and exciting street parade with rhythmic dances performed by costumed dancers, accompanied by musical bands and colorful floats. It is an organic event of the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2015. It will be held on January 24, 2015 (Saturday) and will start at 2:00 P.M. from Freedom Grandstand. A brief opening ceremony will be held to signal the start of the parade.

The parade will feature the colorful costumes and floats of business corporations and companies, local government units (including barangays), tertiary schools, civic clubs and associations, civil society organizations and fraternities and sororities.

Each group wearing festive costumes or t-shirts with company logo and name, and accompanied by a combination of ethnic and modern music or any of their variants performed by a marching band or by tape recorded music played back on a good quality audio system.

This year’s parade will showcase colorful floats bedecked with flowers, balloons and ribbons prominently displaying the company name and logo together with the name: “Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2015”. It will also display this year’s theme: “Sum it up to the top.”

The following awards await the winners of the competition: (1.) Best Float; (2.) Best Festival Music; (3.) Best Costume ; (4.) Best Choreography, and the (5.) Grand Winner – the group with the highest average score in the four categories

The winners will receive the official Dinagyang Trophy which will be given during the awarding ceremonies on January 25, 2015. The participating groups may perform in front of the Freedom Grandstand or at the Provincial Capitol judging area provided the same should not exceed three (3) minutes.

Company products, brochures and pamphlets may be distributed along the parade route provided the same will not result to commotion or disturbance or cause any physical harm to the public. Expired products and harmful materials should not be distributed.”

Most of the parades Pep Talk have witnessed are unfortunately boring and lackluster. Government employees are usually herd together and asked to march in these parades.  But at Iloilo’s Dinagyang Sponsors Mardigras Parade everybody seems to be excited about it. I have learned that the business sector plays a major role in its success. Last year, there was an estimate of more than a million foreign and local visitors who joined bringing the city’s economy up.By the way, early hotel booking is advised as regular room rates triples as the event comes nearer.

By Dante Corteza

Colossians 2:16 “Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.”