Penang Beach Carnival

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The Penang Beach Carnival is a favourite festive extravaganza that never fails to attract throngs of enthusiastic participants and spectators. Presented as a community wide event for people of all ages and walks of life not to mention many foreign visitors, the carnival has established itself as a unique celebratory event. 

Typically about 20,000 exuberant people arrive to take part or witness the extravaganza which commences early in the morning and continues till late in the evening. Traditionally the Governor officially closes the event after all the activities have been held. 

Many events and participants

The carnival consists of an array of both non-competitive and competitive events with the aim of involving as many participants as possible. A pleasant and friendly ambience prevails throughout the extent of the festivities. In addition to beach sport competitions, a procession and cultural performances are presented. Typical activities include skimboarding, paintball, beach volleyball, beach tug of war, a beach chingay performance, a Mr. Beach Carnival competition and pillow fighting. 

Past instances of the carnival have included a procession of colourfully decorated boats with the theme of fostering communal harmony.  Amongst the exciting events held have been fashion shows, particularly focusing on batik designs presented on the beachfront by attractive models. 

Lots to do

The island of Penang has achieved the status of a significant tourist destination with its attractive beaches and vibrant multicultural heritage which features Chinese, Malay, European and Indian influences. There is much to see and do in Penang, with the wonderful cuisine in particular having acquired international renown. 

There cannot be a finer hotel in Penang Beach than the luxurious Copthorne Orchid Hotel.