2.1 million view Sinulog parade

CEBU CITY — About 2.1 million people watched the Sinulog 2009 grand parade at the Cebu City Sports Center grandstand and along the 5.1-kilometer parade route, police said.

Given the size of the crowd, they were relieved there were no reported cases of shooting, stabbing, mauling or gang violence that marred the 10-hour parade.

And with so much color, pageantry and spectacular performances of 44 dancing contingents, the parade surprised and impressed first-time and regular visitors alike.

“It was very beautiful; it has exceeded my wildest dreams. Sinulog has really improved so much. After the first Sinulog in 1980, we never expected that something like this would happen to the Sinulog,” said former customs collector David Odilao Jr., who first organized the annual festivity.

Except for some fake tickets being sold outside the Cebu City Sports Center, a few reports on drunkenness and a reveler carrying a scalpel, no other incident spoiled the parade. (more)

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