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.
â€œIt 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,â€ 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)