Photography requires light. Light can be natual or artifical or both.
Since it is at night, you can depend only on artifical light.
The chances is that the light is dim. So most likely, you may require one OR more of the following:
1. Lens that allows a lot of light to "flow" intot the camera. In technical term, you need a fast lens (f/2.8 and below).
2. Camera body with high ISO ability. Most new cameras have relative good ISO ability. To know your camera ISO ability, try to Google and read the reviews.
4. Tripod? Depends. For Chingay parade, if you are moving around. It may not be a good choice.
Ultimately, it really depends what you want to achieve. I think catchlights's suggestion is good. National library has some good books.
Night photography is challenging. If you don't get it right the first time, try again.
Most important, have fun