3 July 2010. Book this date on your calender. There is going to be some youth event going on in Orchard Road. A Mascot Parade held on an annual basis. Some parts of the overview I took from it's website:
More than 18,000 attendees joined in the fun with SHINE Youth Mascot Parade 2009 (SYMP). Showcasing Iconic Characters, Superheroes, Master-Villains across Movies, Games, Anime and Youth Culture, the success of SYMP provides the foundation for the creation of COSMO 2010 – which adds exclusive showcases under the brand.
COSMO 2010, the umbrella brand by Mascot Parade Limited, is the annual Orchard Youth Costume initiative. Youths are encouraged to participate and challenge themselves in this national initiative.
2010 COSMO Logo design centers around a mix of two basic colours, Deep Pink and Bright Blue - the contrast represent the iconic representations of youth insights, interests and passion for their hobbies, combined into one special event. Indeed, COSMO is all set to support the growth of emerging youth trends as the ultimate annual youth event!
The 4 Segments of SHINE Youth Mascot Parade represents emerging youth trends that are found in Singapore & Asia.
The vivid colours of Orange and Blue in our 2009 logo symbolises youth fiery passion and cool determination towards a mega parade event for youth in Asia.
The Gaming Segment
Computer Games and Electronic Entertainment ranks as one of the top leisure youth activities in Singapore.
Expect well known gaming characters like : StarWarsDarth Vader, Super Mario Bros, Harry Potter and other cool franchises will be invited to be part of the Gaming Segment. In addition, Youth CosPlayers can also participate in the parade dressed up as their favorite gaming and manga/comic characters.
The Arts and Culture Segment
Youth and the Arts defines the local Youth Culture. Be innovative and create unique costumes from recycled materials. Or showcase your musical talents by participating as part of the Parade musical bands, leading each segments of the parade as we proceed with the parade march in the heart of town.
The Environment Segment
1 degree of change can save the world and youth can drive the message for environmental awareness through the parade. Increase awareness for the environment by dresssing up in costumes made of recycled materials!
Iconic characters like : the Water Wally, Andes Mosquito, and other such as an anti-smoking mascot will be invited to be part of the Environment Segment. In addition, Youth and organisational representatives can play a role and share on projects to save theenvironment.
The Community Segment
Highlight your communities in the Mascot Parade Community Segment. If you are from a Sports group or uniform / performance Club or CCA, we want you! Showcase your talents in this segment and wow the audiences with breath-taking coordination of movement and teamwork
But what I am more interested is that this time Hobby Art Gallery will be taking part in the event as a strategic partner. The main aim of their participation is to promote Gunpla here and garner interest among the young folks about this hobby.
Here are some of the plans they have in store for us:
1. Showcase of upcoming Master Grade kits scheduled for release in July, August and September (you guys do the guesswork which MG);
2. Pre-Order of these up-coming products over there will be at a special price. And to sweeten the deal, a goodie bag to go with it;
3. Gundam Caravan - Fellow Gundam Modelers will be at the scene to provide guidance and advice on doing your model. And you can to keep it after that (further details to be released);
4. Got a problem you can't solve and questions about modeling? Well, there will be a "Information" counter set up just for this. So bring down the Gundam kit that you may have a problem, the staff will try their best to advice you.
5. HAG will also be showcasing works by local modelers too. I am one of the contributors. :)
Further details to be released. See you guys on 3 July! I will be there for sure.