Not only did the annual march for democracy see a drop in turnout, but the Beijing-loyalist camp also had fewer participants in its celebration parade for the handover anniversary. Due to maintenance work at Hong Kong Stadium, which housed an estimated 40,000-strong audience at last year's ceremony, organisers had to move the venue to the smaller Happy Valley Recreation Ground and could only accommodate 5,000 people - 3,000 performers and 2,000 other participants. Following a march by the People's Liberation Army and a flag-raising ceremony at the recreation ground, 30 local and mainland groups performed as they marched to the Southorn Playground in Wan Chai. Ballet and Latin dancers, artistic cyclists, martial-arts athletes, actors dressed as legendary Chinese characters, cheer squads and police bands - along with other performers - made for a colourful sight on the roads of Causeway Bay and Wan Chai. Many spectators on both sides of the roads waved national and Hong Kong flags. 'Proceed in harmony, advance in unity' was the theme of the parade. 'We have no better choice since the stadium is not available..., ' Federation of Trade Unions president Cheng Yiu-tong, head of the parade's organising committee, said. 'We're focusing more on the programmes than the number of participants this year. Members of the public can still watch the street shows even if they can't get tickets to the ceremony.' Official celebrations started with a flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai in the morning. Disciplined services performed a marine parade and fly-past. At the government's reception for the 13th anniversary of the handover, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen hailed the Legislative Council's passage of the constitutional reform package, which he endorsed on Tuesday. 'It is the best gift as we celebrate our reunification,' he said. 'It lays down a milestone in our democratic development and is indeed the result of concerted efforts by many Hong Kong people.' He said the government still had a lot to do to address economic and livelihood issues. It would listen carefully to the community and respond to its aspirations and needs.