Attractions of National Day Parade

There is palpable excitement among Singaporeans as they head towards the Marina Bay Floating Platform to witness the National Day Parade (NDP). The gigantic display of national fervour will be displayed in just a few hours from now. There are numerous events which are going to make the occasion a memorable one.

Photo courtesy: NDP

For the first time in NDP, 300 unmanned drones will take to the skies over the Marina Bay to perform the largest unmanned drones display in Southeast Asia. Built and programmed by Intel, the drones will create seven formations, including a heart with a crescent and five stars, the Singapore island and the Merlion - complete with spouting water.  

Photo courtesy: NDP

The aerial fly-past promises to be bigger and louder - for the first time, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is using F-15SG fighter planes for the signature bomb-burst manoeuvre, instead of the F-16 jets that featured previously.

The F-15SGs are bigger and louder than the F-16s, so be prepared - and take care of your hearing.  

NDP will also showcase how Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and Home Team jointly respond to a terror attack and keep the nation safe.

Another added attraction of the event will the performance of 81-year-old electric guitarist Mary Ho (popularly known as Grandma Mary) who can't read music and only started playing guitar at the age of 60. She is a grandmother of seven. She will be performing with 400 others in an act that will end with a "yum seng" toast to Singapore.

There is also a bonus for the spectators that they cannot see, but might just feel.  For the first time, there will be hybrid cooling systems that can blow air as cool as 24 degrees. They are placed at key areas where queues are expected to form, such as security screening areas and fun pack collection areas.

The stunning fireworks at the NDP parade would also remain a memorable one.


Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.


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