Christmas floats representing their churches respectively at the parade.

KUCHING: Rain did not stop over 8,000 Christians from spreading the Christmas joy and kindness in the annual Kuching Christmas Parade held at the Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Jubilee Grounds here on Saturday.

The participants came armed with umbrellas, caps and raincoats as early as 5pm in pouring rain.

Before the parade began, there was a worship celebration followed by a prayer blessing by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kuching Archbishop Simon Poh and heads of the various churches.

Archbishop Simon Poh (left) lighting the first candle followed by the remaining heads of churches, before officiating the parade.

The parade route, covering a distance of four kilometres, took the participants through many iconic city landmarks.

The annual parade was organised by the Association of Churches in Sarawak and Kuching Ministers’ Fellowship, with the Methodist SCAC as the host church yet again.

Over 8,000 Christians present at Jubilee Ground despite the rainy weather.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii, who was at the parade said, “This parade is very special in Sarawak where churches regardless of denomination, and people regardless of age and ethnicity, are united through faith.”

Kelvin, who was with the Good News Fellowship Kuching contingent, said the parade was a good opportunity to show to the rest of the country and the world that Sarawakians live in harmony, celebrate together despite their different faiths, because they honour and respect one another.

A total of 15 churches participated in the parade, namely Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Church, Methodist Church SCAC, Methodist Church SIAC, BEM (SIB) Church, Seventh-Day Adventist Church, The Salvation Army, Sarawak Baptist Church, Sarawak Blessed Church, Grace Sentral Church AOG, Sarawak Grace Assembly Church Kuching, Hope Church Kuching, Good News Fellowship, City Harvest Church, Latter Rain Church Kuching and Fellowship of Evangelical Students (FES).

Photos: Allan Jay & Ghazali Bujang