The Day It Rained on Our Parade

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The Day It Rained on Our Parade
Genre National Day
Starring Eelyn Kok
Cynthia Koh
Pan Lingling
Chew Chor Meng
Aileen Tan
Priscelia Chan
Ng Hui
Opening theme 淋着雨
Country of origin Singapore
Original language(s) Chinese
No. of episodes 4
Running time approx. 45 minutes
Original network MediaCorp Channel 8
Original release 4 August – 25 August 2012
Preceded by The Legend and the Hero 2

The Day It Rained on Our Parade (simplified Chinese: 那一年我们淋着雨) is a 4-part Singaporean Chinese drama produced in conjunction with National Day and the 55th anniversary of independence from the British. It was telecasted on Singapore's free-to-air channel, MediaCorp Channel 8. It debuted on 4 August 2012, and screened every Saturday night at 10:30 pm, with a repeat telecast at Sunday afternoons at 12:00pm. The series was dubbed in English, Malay and Tamil and aired on Channel 5, Suria and Vasantham.


Cast Role Description
Pan Lingling Lucy / Mu Shu Lan Owner of Carnival Beauty Salon
Cynthia Koh Lu Lu / 露露 Tailor
Eelyn Kok Qiu Yan Ping / 邱燕萍 Police officer
Chew Chor Meng
Chen Huihui
Aileen Tan 肥妈
Priscelia Chan Liu Li Li / 刘莉莉
Ng Hui Sister Maria / 玛利亚修女
Li Wenhai
Wang Yuqing



The story is about the 1968 National Day Parade and the characters, though fictional, and events are based on eyewitness accounts.


Episode Title Original Airdate Encore date
1 "Episode One" 4 August 2012 (2012-08-04) PG 5 August 2012 PG
Our story is a dramedy about 3 kids – Xiaoqiang, Feizai and Meilan – who were going to participate in the National Day Parade for the first time. This was the most exciting thing they ever took part in and it was the biggest event in their young lives. Every free moment was spent rehearsing and perfecting their respective moves.
2 "Episode Two" 11 August 2012 (2012-08-11) PG 12 August 2012 PG
The adults, their parents, were invariably drawn into their enthusiasm albeit in varying degrees. Meilan’s mother, Lucy, ran a hairdressing salon which was the centre of neighbourhood gossip and news exchange. She was immensely proud of Meilan , her only daughter, her pride and job – a constant subject matter with her customers, regular and otherwise. Feizai’s parents were caught up in their own worries as Feizai’s father, feared losing his job at the dockyard. But their concerns were lost on Feizai, naturally cheerful by disposition. He was overweight by common standards then but he was as nimble and flexible as anyone half his size having been a wushu student since young. Xiaoqiang, his neighbour and confidante, was the only one not part of the parade at the time of the story because of his hearing disability. His parents felt sorry for their son and told him they would take him to see the parade on the day itself as a consolation.
3 "Episode Three" 18 August 2012 (2012-08-18) 19 August 2012
In the midst of the emotional turmoil, the weather threw in its lot to further dampen the moods of the kids and their families. Just a day before the parade, heavy rain soaks their clothes till there wasn't a dry thread left. While Xiaoqiang is given a reprieve when someone in the wushu contingent sprained his ankle, the costume turns out to be far too big for the skinny Xiaoqiang. But should he accept the position at the risk of offending Feizai?
4 "Finale" 25 August 2012 (2012-08-25) PG 26 August 2012 PG
Human frustrations, errors, secrets uncovered, unintended remarks and improvisations set the background for the final resolutions to be made in the finale as Feizai’s father cleared the misunderstanding with his wife. Meilan found out the truth about her birthright – what choice would she make? Everyone rallied to help the kids get ready for the parade with Meilan’s mother leading the charge. The hairdryers at her salon were used to dry the costumes; the one sewing machine in the neighbourhood was identified and a good-hearted neighbour helped to alter Xiaoqiang’s costume. But just as everyone got ready to leave for the parade, heavy rain poured flooding the roads to the padang. But all soon became well when Abu’s father came to the rescue driving a lorry to ferry his old neighbours to the parade. The rain didn’t stop even as the parade commenced. Yet, all of them – Feizai’s parents, Xiaoqiang’s family, Meilan’s mother and all her regular customers with their newly-set hairdo’s and all the neighbours stood by the parade ground in the rain as they watched proudly Feizai, Xiaoqiang, Meilan and Abu performing in their respective contingents. Nobody ran from the parade.

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