Saturday saw COSMO Youth Parade 2012 kick off with a bang. The annual costume parade down Orchard Road saw revelers and cosplayers taking to the streets, and our team was in the thick of it, soaking in the festival atmosphere together with our friends from Project Zen (who were official event partners for cosplay), as well as cast members from this year’s Annual Cosplay Chess.
COSMO 2012 also saw Taiwanese cosplay celebrity Neneko gracing the occasion as parade ambassador (check out our interview with her here). In addition to launching the event, she also had two autograph sessions, met with, and took pictures with local fans.
The parade went into full swing at 5.30 pm, with a 300-m long dragon leading the way. This was followed by youth contingents, groups representing a variety of social causes, and cosplayers. This year’s route took us from Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, down Orchard Road and through 313@Somerset, and back.
In addition to the parade, visitors at the event were also treated to a variety of fringe activities, including a variety of games, song and dance performances, and in the evening, a full-fledged concert by local bands.
Check out our photo coverage of the event (thanks to both our con spy Ed-kun & contributor Darkon Lore):