The scorching sun was seen by festival organisers as a blessing from their deities and a test of their faith. With the temperature reaching 32 degrees Celsius as the parade was about to start yesterday afternoon, some children on stilts were fighting back tears under their thick makeup and costumes. One had to be taken down and given oxygen after fainting on his float. Despite the heat, revellers enjoyed a procession of floats and lion dances spiced up by political satire. A boy impersonating acting Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, in a red bowtie and grey suit, was mounted on a float with the title 'Today's Talk of Tomorrow'. Under him was a child wearing the red costume of an ancient official - an indirect reference to Tung Chee-hwa. Parade organisers also picked on a heated topic, the Link Reit, as the theme for a float, on which one child was dressed up in a lawyer's coat and another as legislator Albert Cheng King-hon. Another float with a pair of girls in Thai and Indonesian silk dresses signified islanders' wish that tsunami never return to Asia. With towels hanging over their necks and water splashed onto their faces to ease the heat, parade participants thanked Pak Tai, the island's patron god, for making sure their procession was not interrupted by rain or storms. Bun bakeries were not put off by the hot weather, as hundreds of people lined up for the holy bread which is believed to cure all ills. Kwok Kam-chun, who runs one of the island's two bun bakeries, said he had sold 8,000 buns between 9am and 5pm yesterday. 'I cannot tell you when we will stop because customers just keep pouring in. But it will definitely be after midnight,' he said.