The “2019 Macao International Parade”, organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, will be held on Sunday, 8 December, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Macao’s handover to China. In order to facilitate the public’s engagement and enjoyment, the organizer is announcing several arrangements including special traffic/street measures and admission guidelines for the public.
The Parade Opening Ceremony will be held at the Ruins of St. Paul’s on 8 December, at 3pm. From there, the Parade will proceed along Rua de S. Paulo, Rua da Palha, Rua de S. Domingos, Largo de S. Domingos, Senado Square, Travessa do Roquete, Rua da Sé, Calçada de S. João, Avenida da Praia Grande, Praça de Jorge Álvares, Avenida Panorâmica do Lago Nam Van and Avenida Doutor Stanley Ho, culminating in a Handover Celebration at Sai Van Lake Square, which will end at 7pm.
Before and during the event, special traffic/street measures will be implemented as follows: before 9am on 7 December, all tour buses must be removed from the parking zones on Rua de D. Belchior Carneiro; from 9am on 7 December to 5pm on 8 December, some car parking meters along Praceta do Museu de Macau and Rua de D. Belchior Carneiro, as well as some motorcycle parking meters on Rua da Sé near the Colégio Diocesano de São José and some car parking meters on Avenida da Praia Grande will be closed; from 9am on 7 December to 6:30pm on 8 December, some car and motorcycle parking meters along Avenida Panorâmica do Lago Nam Van will be closed; from 9am on 7 December to 9pm on 8 December, some car and motorcycle parking meters along Rua da Torre de Macau and Sai Van Lake Square will be closed. On the day of the Parade on 8 December, temporary closure will be enforced on Rua de S. Paulo and Rua de D. Belchior Carneiro from 12pm to 5pm, and on Travessa do Roquete and Rua da Sé from 3pm to 5pm; the traffic will be limited on Calçada de S. João, Rua Formosa, Avenida da Praia Grande and Praça de Jorge Álvares from 3:30pm to 5pm; temporary closure will be enforced on Avenida Panorâmica do Lago Nam Van, from 3:30pm to 6:30pm; and traffic will be limited on Avenida Doutor Stanley Ho from 3:30pm to 7pm.
Instructions for the public on the day of the Parade are as follows: starting from 12pm, the Ruins of St. Paul’s will be temporarily closed to the public. The audience area for the Opening Ceremony will be located at the stairway at the Ruins of St. Paul’s and crowd control measures will be applied to all audience access points from 12pm. The public can line up at the entrance at the junction of Rua de D. Belchior Carneiro and Calçada de S. Paulo to watch the opening ceremony. The Handover Celebration will be held at Sai Van Lake Square, where crowd control measures will be applied to the audience area from 3pm on that day. The public can access the square from the entrances at the junctions of Avenida Doutor Stanley Ho and Sai Van Lake Square and of Rua da Torre de Macau and Sai Van Lake Square. Due to limited space in the audience area, people who line up at the entrance will be allowed to enter until the audience areas are full. Aside from the Opening Ceremony and the Handover Celebration, the public can also watch the performances along the Parade route on Avenida Panorâmica do Lago Nam Van.
For more information about the Parade, please visit the Parade website (www.icm.gov.mo/macaoparade), the Parade page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/macaoparade) and the WeChat account “ICMacao”.