Origin: Army Lingo – A parade where recruits have to drink large amounts of water.
The term Water Parade is something that a Singaporean male will never forget. This is a parade where recruits or trainees need to partake by drinking large amounts of water to prepare them for the upcoming physical training. The purpose is to prevent heat stroke and is a necessary procedure to follow.
Sergeant conducting water parade hours before the start of a long route march: “Gentlemen!! This Water Parade is not to tekan you!! It is to prepare you for our long route march. Please remember your chant: “Drink water good, don’t drink water; get heatstroke”