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2024 Niti Daun Gawai parade expected to be bigger this Saturday

99 contigents with 13 floats expected at massive event

There would be about 99 contigents and 13 floats (decorated vehicles) at the coming Niti Daun Gawai or Gawai Dayak Cultural Parade, this June 15th, 2024.

Based on the number of contigents, the parade which is scheduled on Saturday, is expected to be bigger than last years which had 92 contigents.

The parade this year will see additional contigents from outside of Sarawak which include the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA), the Police force, the army, and 12 other contigents from numerous ministries and agencies.

TVS also quoted Dayak Bidayuh National Association President, Datu Ik Pahon Joyik, as confirming the participation of Sarawak Premier, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, at the event.

Like last year, the parade route will start from Tun Jugah Mall and proceed along the Kuching Waterfront until the Darul Hana Bridge.

In addition to that, Ik Pahon was also quoted by TVS as saying that the organizers of the parade had to decline several request to participate in the anual event due to logistics issues.

Like last year, the Niti Daun Gawai 2024 parade also doubles as a contest among contigents with UKAS reporting earlier this month that a collective sum of RM22,000 cash prize awaits the top three winning contigents.

This parade is the last major Sarawak level Gawai event to be held this year, with the final one being a dinner at BCCK this coming June 22.

According to UKAS’s report, the Gawai dinner would be attended by the Sarawak Head of State, Tun Pehin Sri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, the Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and the Sarawak Premier, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Read and learn more about Niti Daun Gawai or check out more events in Kuching.


Cyril Dason

Cyril Dason was born and currently lives in Kuching. He loves jungle trekking, clean rivers and chilling out with friends.

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