It’s all over Facebook and I’m sure the news media too. Amidst deafening applause, cheers, whistles and screams of delight, it was announced to the crowd at Hong Lim Park last night that we had hit 26,000 in attendance.
This news comes as a relief from the days and weeks preceding the event which was tension-filled with opposition vocally condemning the event and giving the call to wear white in protest.
The question on everybody’s mind was: would such opposition reduce the support for the event in terms of attendance? Would people stay away from the event so as to avoid being in the controversy? Would they have been instructed to keep away by their community leaders?
Evidently, the controversy seemed to have served the LQBT community well because instead of reducing the numbers attending, we saw an increase of 5,000, up from last year’s record of 21,000.
…momentarily we forgot ourselves
as all colours – pink, white, whatever – became one color, the color Red
and for that moment in time, we were all Singaporeans.
The event which has many performances from local celebrity performers like Singapore Men’s Choir, The Voodoo Sound, Rozi Kasmani, Don Richmond, Pam Oei, Sebastian Tan, Selena Tan and DJ Aldrin climaxed with the call for the community to stand together and for tolerance and acceptance of the freedom to love by Brendon Fernandez, Broadway Beng (Sebastian Tan) and Nominated MP (NMP) Janice Koh who also pledged her support for the community.
As we all stood at attention when the national anthem was sung by the Singapore Men’s Choir and the Singapore flag flew across the blue skies above, momentarily we forgot ourselves as all colours – pink, white, whatever – became one colour, the colour Red and for that moment in time, we were all Singaporeans.
Look out for reflections on the event coming out in a week or two’s time.