Magic of the Night Boat Parade Putrajaya 2012 was officially officiated by the Malaysian Tourism Minister Ng Yen Yen, Director General Tourism Malaysia Datuk Mirza Mohammad Taiyab and the Queen of Malaysia Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah on the 30th June 2012. This was done in conjunction with the Putrajaya Flower and Garden Festival 2012 and it is the second time around having the night boat parade here.
Malaysian Tourism Minister Dr. Ng Yen Yen and Director General Tourism Malaysia Datuk Mirza Mohammad
Last year, a total of one million people visited the Putrajaya Floral Event where the night boat parade was launched over a span of nine days. This year, the tourism ministry hopes to achieve a slightly larger number to this unique event at Putrajaya. At this years event launch, foreign media and journalist were invited from all over Asia. Seen were media from Japan, Thailand, Laos, India and Cambodia which were treated to a local 'kampung' style dinner buffet. The official press conference then concluded with a Durian eating session at one of the mock up kampung houses.
Tourism Minister Dr. Ng Yen Yen checks out a local 'Kampung' bicycle
Staff of Tourism Malaysia, Tourism Minister and the Director General of Tourism Malaysia
Tourism Malaysia officials eating Durians
The Magic of the Night Parade features 15 beautifully illuminated boats that cruise along the lake in Precinct 2 near the Millennium Monument. All the boats then meet up in front of the main area and to conclude, a five minute fireworks display will be the final show which will take place every night from 8.30pm to 10.30pm, beginning on the 30th June till the 8th of July. And it is free to the public where you can simply choose the lakeside or bridge to catch this magnificent show.
A live telecast of the event officiating by Dr. Ng Yen Yen
During the Magic of the Night Parade, the participating boats are decorated to perfection with colorful lights and unique designs based on flora and fauna which represents the participating states of Malaysia. Among those states taking part, there was floats from the Langkawi Development Authority, Putrajaya Corporation, Perlis, Perak, Sabah, Sarawak, Pahang, Terengganu, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan. There were also two international countries who also took part which had beautiful floats. There were from Kenya, Africa and China.
Light show at the Magic of the Night
Right after Her Royal Highness, the Queen of Malaysia officiated the event, a display of stunning lights and fireworks lit up the skies of Putrajaya much to the amusement of the waiting crowds. This was then followed by the international boats of China and Kenya who were the first to sail down the lake and then by boats from each of the Malaysian states.
The Mekaka Float against the Wawasan Bridge in Putrajaya
For those who want to witness this spectacular event at night, you should make your way to Putrajaya as the event will be on till the 8th of July 2012. Show time is from 8.30 till 10.30pm at Precinct 2, Lakeside. Landmarks include the Wawasan Bridge, Ministry of Finance and the Millennium Monument, the one that looks like a rocket. Hope you enjoy the amazing show at the Magic of the Night Boat Parade in Putrajaya.