Xinyi Piaose is showed on the street in Zhenlong town of Xinyi, attracting many people to watch. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
Xinyi Piaose is a traditional folk activity based in Xinyi county-level city, Maoming, Guangdong. On Lantern Festival, Nian Li or other significant festivals, Piaose parades can be nearly found in Zhenlong town of Xinyi, attracting villagers around and even overseas Xinyi people to watch them.
Xinyi Piaose has its distinctive features, including gorgeous colors, special styles, interesting devices, popular contents and exquisite ingenuity. The best example of Xinyi Piaose is several custom players standing on one board. Up to 28 people, the largest number ever in China, stood on a board measuring 6.5m high and 8.8m wide.
Highlight of Piaose is definitely the characters. How eye-pleasing their dressing and how well their performance is has a direct impact one the quality of Piaose parade. Therefore, the parade team would carefully select little boys and girls ranging in age from 7 to 9 for parades in and outside their villages. Only handsome and smart kids with performing talent would be enrolled for Piaose parade.
For Piaose, the most important steps include making segeng, a steel bracket for supporting the characters, keeping platform balanced and steady with application of mechanical principle, and arranging the artistic layout and styles of characters.