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Nila is ready to lead the contingent during the Purple Parade at Suntec City on 27 October 2018. Photo by Anthony Ong/SportSG news

Proud and Positive at the 2018 Purple Parade

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It was an uplifting way to start the weekend and end the month at The Purple Parade 2018. Held at Suntec City, the parade played host to 4,227 participants which made up 48 contingents from 73 organisations hailing from various sectors as part of the marching contingent.

As multitudinous as the participants were, everyone was there for the same reason: to support inclusion and celebrate abilities of persons with special needs.

Joining in the ranks was Guest of Honour, Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr Chan Chun Sing, Team Singapore athletes from across different sporting disciplines, and volunteers whose actions have thus reflected their sincerity and dedication.

This year’s parade has certainly gone far with a marching contingent outnumbering the total turnout for the inaugural edition in 2013. Leading up to the event, there was also a record number of purple lit buildings and bridges reflecting their support for the cause. 

By the end of the day, the smiles and hugs shared amongst the community spoke volumes that no number or statistics could fully reflect.

 

Here are some of the highlights from the day:

Team Nila volunteers taking a seflie during the Purple Parade at the gathering point outside Suntec City on 27 October 2018. Photo by Anthony Ong/SportSGTeam Nila volunteers taking a seflie during the Purple Parade at the gathering point outside Suntec City on 27 October 2018. Photo by Anthony Ong/SportSG 

Team Nila volunteers taking a photo together at the gathering point outside Suntec City where the Purple Parade is held on 27 October 2018. Photo by Anthony Ong/SportSGTeam Nila volunteers taking a photo together at the gathering point outside Suntec City where the Purple Parade is held on 27 October 2018. Photo by Anthony Ong/SportSG 

Star Wars cosplayers visited the Team Nila volunteers during the Purple Parade at Suntec City on 27 October 2018. Photo by Anthony Ong/SportSGA Star Wars cosplayer visited the Team Nila volunteers during the Purple Parade at Suntec City on 27 October 2018. Photo by Anthony Ong/SportSG 

Nila proved to be not just a hit with the volunteers, but also with younger members of the public, as kids rush for a high-five with the mascot during the Purple Parade at Suntec City on 27 October 2018. Photo by Anthony Ong/SportSGNila proved to be not just a hit with the volunteers, but also with younger members of the public, as kids rush for a high-five with the mascot during the Purple Parade at Suntec City on 27 October 2018. Photo by Anthony Ong/SportSG 

Team Singapore athletes and Team Nila volunteers having a light moment by waving to the filming drone flying overhead during the Purple Parade at Suntec City on 27 October 2018. Photo by Anthony Ong/SportSGTeam Singapore athletes and Team Nila volunteers having a light moment by waving to the filming drone flying overhead during the Purple Parade at Suntec City on 27 October 2018. Photo by Anthony Ong/SportSG 

Guest of Honour Mr Chan Chun Sing visits the Team Singapore athletes and Team Nila volunteers just before flagging off the Purple Parade at Suntec City on 27 October 2018. Photo by Anthony Ong/SportSGGuest of Honour Mr Chan Chun Sing visits the Team Singapore athletes and Team Nila volunteers just before flagging off the Purple Parade at Suntec City on 27 October 2018. Photo by Anthony Ong/SportSG 

Guest of Honour Mr Chan Chun Sing with representatives from the various participating groups at the start point of the Purple Parade at Suntec City on 27 October 2018. Photo by Anthony Ong/SportSGGuest of Honour Mr Chan Chun Sing with representatives from the various participating groups at the start point of the Purple Parade at Suntec City on 27 October 2018. Photo by Anthony Ong/SportSG 

Team Nila volunteers marching along Suntec City to show their support to people with disabilities during the Purple Parade on 27 October 2018. Photo by Anthony Ong/SportSGTeam Nila volunteers marching along Suntec City to show their support to people with disabilities during the Purple Parade on 27 October 2018. Photo by Anthony Ong/SportSG 

Team Nila volunteers marching along Suntec City to show their support to people with disabilities during the Purple Parade on 27 October 2018. Photo by Anthony Ong/SportSGTeam Nila volunteers marching along Suntec City to show their support to people with disabilities during the Purple Parade on 27 October 2018. Photo by Anthony Ong/SportSG 

Volunteers and participants reciting the pledge during the Purple Parade 2018 at Suntec City on 27 October. Photo by Gary Goh/SportSGVolunteers and participants reciting the pledge during the Purple Parade 2018 at Suntec City on 27 October. Photo by Gary Goh/SportSG 

Celebrating as one team at the Purple Parade 2018 held at Suntec City on 27 October. Photo by Gary Goh/SportSGCelebrating as one team at the Purple Parade 2018 held at Suntec City on 27 October. Photo by Gary Goh/SportSG