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AN AMAZING yuletide cheer swept across Miri city last weekend as more than ten thousand Christian faithfuls and people from all walks of life converged at the City Fan to celebrate an early Christmas.

The theme this year is “Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.” Two thumbs up!

Members from my church, Grace Methodist, getting ready to join the parade.

Along the 4 km route around the city centre people flocked to the streets awed by the one hour procession of joyful singing with warm exchanges of glad tidings.

After the parade we assembled at this area. Rising up splendidly behind us is a newly erected Christmas tree adorned with gigantic silvery ribbons and blue lights. The 30-foot tall magnificent luminous steel structure, generously donated by a local conglomerate, was constructed in Bintulu and transported to Miri for the grand evening.

Datuk Bandar Miri Lawrence Lai Yew Son presenting a souvenir to Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak YB Patinggi Tan Sri Dr. George Chan Hong Nam.

Christmas parade Organizing Chairman Fr. Andy Lee of the Roman Catholic Church Miri Diocese thanked the committee members and Miri City Council staff for their tireless efforts in organizing the event. “We want to give thanks to Our Almighty God too. Incidentally this is also an event of many firsts – for the first time we have a crowd of more than ten thousand; we have a manger on the stage; we have a 30-foot Christmas tree; we have thirteen denominations celebrating a Christian event together and last but not least, our Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister are with us on this wonderful occasion,” beamed Fr. Andy Lee.

Kuala Lumpur-born Vince Chong, the first winner from the reality TV show Akademi Fantasia.

He entertained the crowd with Christmas and Christian songs. But the song I liked most was the 1989 hit “Have I Told You Lately” written by Van Morrison, and made popular by Rod Stewart. Vince changed the lyrics to “Have I told you Jesus that I love you…”

Obviously the crowd enjoyed Vince’s singing.

Gereja SIB youths gave a dazzling dance performance.

I was impressed by this youth’s dancing skills!

Sidney Mohede of the True Worshippers from Indonesia brought the crowd on to their feet.

He has excellent stage presence and showmanship.

Sidney asked the crowd to illuminate and wave their mobile phones as they sang along.

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Random shots from the Miri Christmas Parade last Saturday. It appeared that this time the crowd at City Fan was smaller as compared to last year’s. Let the photos do the talking! Enjoy, :p.

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Though it’s at my own backyard, I’ve never done a photo shoot at Miri City Fan before. So I decided to give it a try. We arrived at around 5:45 pm. There were many walkers and joggers on the perimeter path around the park.

This is a partial view of the Chinese garden. As you can see, the setting sun was behind me as I snapped this photo. Piece of cake for a shoot – good light available!

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This is the seating area of the amphitheatre. It can easily accommodate five thousand people.

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At one of the fountain ponds.

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I like this B & W photo. In the background stands the Pustaka Miri building.

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Red palm series.

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Dusk was fast approaching as I took this photo to wrap up the shoot, :).

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🙂 What a lovely day!

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