The Purple Parade is Singapore’s largest annual gathering and seeks to advocate the inclusion and celebrates the abilities of the special needs community. The Parade comprises four key components: 

  • Campaign: A pre-event campaign at locations such as schools, shopping malls and train cabins will be carried out to create awareness of the Parade and the special needs movement.
  • Carnival: A carnival comprising booths by participating organisations from the public and private sectors to raise funds for special needs organisations. Last year’s Parade also saw 3000 participants breaking the Singapore Book of Records for the Largest Gathering of People in Purple Glasses.
  • Contingent: A march-past of various contingent groups from the public and private sector will be decked out in unique costumes and props to show their support for the special needs movement.
  • Concert: An all-inclusive concert showcasing the talents of performers with and without special needs. Performing groups include representatives from various special needs organisations, as well as the 3Ps (People, Public, Private).
The first Purple Parade was held at Hong Lim Park in 2013. The Parade consists of participating groups and individuals represent a community of like-minded organisations such as Voluntary Welfare Organisations, schools, social enterprises, government agencies and corporations. They are all united by a common belief that people with special needs have abilities and are able to contribute to society.
In 2015, The Purple Parade saw 7000 participants, 700 volunteers, 380 concert performers, 35 march-past contingents, 37 carnival booths and 106 participating organisations.
This year, we are very excited to announce that The Purple Parade 2016 will be happening on 5 November 2016 at Suntec City! Visit or The Purple Parade Facebook page for updates. 
Click here to view The Purple Parade 2015 event highlights. 
Volunteer with us!
Join us as a volunteer for the pre-event Campaign, or sign up with your organisation to show your support for special needs as part of the Contingent or Carnival. Individual or group performers with and without special needs may indicate your interest to participate in the inclusive Concert. 
Contact us:
Ms Shirley Wee
Team Leader, Community Programmes