Photo blog: KL celebrates 38th FT Day with grand parade

A grand parade was held at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur on 28th January to mark the 38th Federal Territory Day. Kuala Lumpur was made into Federal Territory (FT) on 1st of February 1974.

Prime Minster Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched the 2012 FT Day celebrations for Kuala Lumpur in a colourful ceremony befitting the occasion.

This year the colourful and vibrant parade brought the whole of Kuala Lumpur together in exciting ways that featured more than 90 contingents of some 8,000 cheering participants, young and old in festive mood.

For those who missed the grand parade, here are some colourful pictures.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak inspecting the Guard of Honour at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumour during the 2012 Federal Territories Day launch event.
Participants from Menara Kuala Lumpur dressed up in traditional Malay costumes during the march past.
A children dance that kept the spectators enthralled.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) enforement officers carrying the Federal Territory flag for the parade.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL)'s impressive Mounted Ceremonial Squadron on parade.
The mascots with their colourful costumes and zany antics.
Participants in their awesome umbrella hats... good for keeping the sun at bay.
A traditional Indian stick dance with the performers holding sticks in both their hands and striking them together to make a rhythmic sound.
An amazing peacock dance that mesmerized the crowd.
The dragon dance which weaves its way through the parade route.
Another dragon dance - the dragons are in the spotlight since this being the Chinese Year of the Dragon.
The Paralympic athletes making their strides.
The cosplayers with their awesome outfits making their first ever appearance in the parade.
Fans crowd up the street to see their favourite Captain Jack Sparrow.
Participants displaying uniforms worn by the police force in the past.
This year's FT Day theme 'Rakyat Bersatu, Wilayah Persekutuan Maju' (People's Unity, Federal Territory Progress).
Participants from Maybank marching with tiger paw gloves in hand.
Children participants in their over-sized shirts during the march past.
The contingent from Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur City Hall).
The Royal Malaysian Police Band playing marching tunes during the march past.
The Malaysian Army marches forward with pride.