Participants transport costumed Indian figures on wheels after a reherasal for the Chingay Parade in Singapore late January 22,2011. Chingay parade is an annual street and floats parade held during the Chinese new year period in Singapore. The word Chingay means "the art of masquerade" in Chinese Hokkien dialect.
SINGAPORE - JANUARY 20: Men carry a Kavadi during preparations prior to the start of the Thaipusam procession on January 20, 2011 in Singapore, Singapore. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community. Devotees will pray and make vows when the prayers are answered they fulfill the vows by piercing parts of their body such as their cheeks, tongues, and backs before carrying a 'Kavadi' on a four kilometre journey of faith.
A performer poses in front of a Chinese lion head as her friend takes photo before the dress rehearsal for the Chingay parade in Singapore January 22, 2011. The word Chingay means "the art of masquerade" in Chinese Hokkien dialect. Chingay parade is an annual street and floats parade held during the Chinese new year period in Singapore.
Chinese New Year decorations hang above a street in Singapore January 21, 2011. The Chinese characters read "may all your wishes come true". The Lunar New Year begins on February 3 and marks the start of the Year of the Rabbit, according to the Chinese zodia