UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Despite the rain, an estimated 2 million people gathered to watch the annual Sinulog Grand Parade in Cebu City, Philippines, on Sunday, Jan. 21.

The festival is a dance ritual held every third week of January to honor the Santo Niño, or the Child Jesus.

The festival is nicknamed the mother of all Philippine festivals.

This year’s parade included 45 floats, 31 dancing contingents, eight puppeteers and 25 giant effigies known as higantes.

Monsignor Roberto Alesna celebrated Mass before the parade began at Cebu City Sport Center.

This year, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña banned liquor during the parade after an incident last year involving alcohol.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer described it as a “stampede blamed on drunk youths.”
Authorities enforced the ban along the five-kilometer route.