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Dancers fell on the rain-drenched stage. A French national slipped from the grandstand stairs. But these didn't dampen the spirit of the millions of Cebuanos and tourists who converged at the city streets and at the Cebu City Sports Center to watch the Sinulog Grand Parade.

Organizers and police officials declared the Sinulog festivities yesterday a success as the rain didn't stop the 3.5 million spectators from enjoying the Grand Parade either on the streets or inside the sports center.

The rain also didn’t stop the dancers from giving their best. It was a back-to-back victory for the two top performers in the Sinulog Grand Parade, which managed to defend their crowns in this year's Sinulog competition.

Tribu Himag-ulaw of Placer Masbate won the first place in the Free Interpretation (FI) category while Tribu Sinanduloy of Tangub City bagged the top prize in the Sinulog-based category. Other winners in the Sinulog-based category were Abellana National High School, 2nd place; City of Carcar, 3rd place; Bayawan City, 4th place; and City Central School, 5th place.

In the FI category, Tribu Buyoganon of Albuyog, Leyte won second place while children from the Mabolo Elementary School won third place. The returning contingent from the northern municipality of Daanbantayan won the fourth spot in the FI category in this year's grand parade while the fifth spot went to the Talamban Elementary School contingent. Mabolo and Talamban contingents also won the third and first place respectively in the Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan held on Jan. 9.

A total of 143 contingents – dance contingents, higantes, floats and pupetteers - competed in yesterday's Sinulog grand parade.