Taking place in the capital city of Jakarta on Monday, 18th August 2014, the Grand Nusantara Art and Cultural Parade 2014 was held in celebration of the 69th anniversary of indonesia's Proclamation of Independence on 17 August 1945.
The Parade drew huge crowds as it involved all 33 provinces of Indonesia who showcased some of their finest cultural treasures from across the archipelago. The event was officially opened by the President of Republic Indonesia, Soesilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the courtyard of the Istana Merdeka Presidential Palace.
The panel of judges selected 10 representative provinces displaying the best performances, they are: East Java, Jakarta, Bali, Central Java, Yogyakarta, Central Kalimantan, Jambi, East Kalimantan, Lampung, and West Java. The ten provinces were awarded with a trophy and certificate which were directly handed over to the winners by President Yudhoyono.
The winning provinces did not only present their distinct traditional costumes and dance choreographies, but combined them with the region’s icons. For example, West Java presented the bull, Jakarta came with their comical Ondel-ondel giant puppets , while Bali featured the. Iconic Garuda Bird and elaborated their performance in a thematic plot.
Other floats also mesmerized the audience with colorful and creative decorative designs and colors. The processions of Reog Ponorogo dancers , the Little Police, the Garuda Indonesia Contingent,and the Marching Band, also received roaring applause.
Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, confirmed that the Grand Nusantara Art and Cultural Parade will be held annually to showcase the wide range of cultural diversity of Indonesia.
This year, carrying the theme “Indonesia Unite”, total parade participants came to 3,479 dancers and musicians and about 1, 000 other supporting performers.
“The theme illustrates the concept of “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika”, Indonesia's national motto meaning: “Unity in Diversity”, the national unity among the diverse ethnic groups living in Indonesia, unity to preserve the country's natural and human resources, and unity to meet the best in quality” added the minister.
The Grand Nusantara Art and Cultural Parade 2014, commenced from the courtyard of the Istana Merdeka Presidential Palace, then continued to the North Gate of the National Monument (Monas), Medan Merdeka Barat Street, Medan Merdeka Selatan Street, before returning to Monas. The Parade took place from 15.00 to 18.00 West Indonesia Time, with enthusiastic cheers from the crowds lining the streets.
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