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Parade at Padang in the foreground of Singapore's financial district (NDP 2000).
Parade at Padang in the foreground of Singapore's financial district (NDP 2000).
Arrival of the President's motorcade, escorted by the Traffic Police (NDP 2000).
Arrival of the President's motorcade, escorted by the Traffic Police (NDP 2000).
Military Parade at Padang (NDP 2000)
Military Parade at Padang (NDP 2000)
Marchpast by the Singapore Army (NDP 2003)
Marchpast by the Singapore Army (NDP 2003)
Show segment (NDP 2000)
Show segment (NDP 2000)
Performance by outriders from Traffic Police and SAF Military Police Command, a highlight at NDP 2003.
Performance by outriders from Traffic Police and SAF Military Police Command, a highlight at NDP 2003.
Member of the SAF parachute team, NDP 2005
Member of the SAF parachute team, NDP 2005

The National Day Parade (Abbreviation: NDP, Simplified Chinese: 国庆庆典, Malay: Perbarisan Hari Kebangsaan) is a national ceremony in Singapore that, as its name implies, includes a parade on Singapore's national day on August 9, in commemoration of Singapore's independence that is usually held in the Singapore National Stadium, Padang. For the first time in 2007, it will be held in Marina Bay and future NDP will be held here until the new sports hub is completed around 2011. Image File history File links National Day Parade video source: [1] File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links National Day Parade video source: [1] File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Padang is the main capital of West Sumatra in Indonesia. ... 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Contents

History of NDP

Singapore celebrated her first National Day in 1966, one year after Singapore's independence from Malaysia on 9 August 1965. It has been suggested that National holiday be merged into this article or section. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ...


The first National Day Parade started in the morning at 0900. People came as early as 0700 in order to get good vantage points. Singapore's first President, Mr Yusof bin Ishak and Singapore's first Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, were seated with members of the government at the grandstand on the steps of City Hall. Flag of the President of Singapore - banner of arms The President of Singapore is the head of state. ... Encik Yusuf bin Ishak, first President of Singapore and Yang di-Pertuan Negara (head of state). ... A prime minister is the most senior minister of a cabinet in the executive branch of government in a parliamentary system. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is 李 (Li) Lee Kuan Yew, GCMG, CH (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; born September 16, 1923; also spelled Lee Kwan-Yew), was the Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore from 1959 to 1990. ... It has been suggested that Town Hall be merged into this article or section. ...


Over the years, the Parade has become the biggest national event in Singapore. What is perhaps most memorable at each celebration is the fireworks display marking the climax of the parade; the sky would be bursting with the wonderful colors of the visual vista, dazzling it as well as the hearts of fellow Singaporeans. On this very special occasion, most Singaporeans would be decked out in patriotic colours - namely, red and white.


The Parade has gained enormous popularity and support from the people that it is not unusual to find massive number of citizens trying to get their hands on a ticket, which is released free-of-charge. In the past, it has been known that people would arrive hours before the ticket booths even open, such as the one in 1998, where some arrived as early as 36 hours before the actual release of tickets. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...


This proved to be problematic for obvious reasons and as such, the government set up the e-balloting ticketing system in 2003, in order to tackle the problem of overcrowding and possible problems that might result. Such ticketing system enables citizens to stand a chance at winning the tickets by registering their e-mail addresses or mobile numbers at the NDP website or phonelines. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Nearly 50,000 Singaporeans among the first to watch this year's NDP after 3 years of setting up the e-balloting ticketing system in 2003. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Venues and themes

The venue of the parade is usually at the historical grounds of the Padang, where the declaration of Singapore's independence was held. Since the first parade in 1966, all the way until the year 1975, the venue was located at the central area, so as to bring the parade closer to the people. In 1976, the parade was held for the first time at the newly completed National Stadium, where the much bigger capacity allowed for more to view the parade live.


Although offering about 60,000 seats in the National Stadium, the demand for tickets is high year after year. Hence there has been several attempts to decentralise the celebration venue and to bring the celebration closer to more Singaporeans. Thus from 1975, the celebrations were alternated between either a decentralised event or one centered at the Padang or the stadium, which went on until 1983. Thereafter from 1984, the parade was held twice at the stadium before coming back to the padang every three years. Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ...


From 1995 onwards, it was decided that the Padang will be used as a venue every five years. The Padang, although historically important, poses a greater logistical challenge, and also offers fewer seats for spectators due to its smaller size as compared to the National Stadium by 25 hectares. The event and rehearsals often require the closing of surrounding roads, and there is a need to construct spectator stands around the field. The site is, however, the only feasible venue for the mobile column, as the heavy vehicles cannot be driven into the stadium track. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...


This arrangement needed a review by the early 2000s, however, when plans were made to rebuild the National Stadium. Several alternative locations and plans were mooted, including the utilisation of the Marina Padang, which is physically bigger and less likely to disrupt daily functions in the city. The venue was used for performance purposes for the 2005 parade, when the event was once again decentralised Marina South, Jurong East, Yishun and Tampines, but with the main venue at the Padang. The 2000s are the current decade, spanning from 2000 to 2009. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Marina South (Chinese: 滨海南, Mandarin Pronunciation: Binhainan) is a peninsula adjacent to the Central Business District in Singapore. ... Shophouses at Jurong East, near the Jurong East MRT Station. ... Yishun, or Nee Soon as it was initially christened, is a suburban town in the northern part of Singapore, encompassing the Yishun Planning Area, in the North Region, which includes Yishun New Town and the Nee Soon private residential estate. ... Tampines (or Tampines New Town) is the largest residential area of the city-state of Singapore and is located in the East of the main island. ...


On 16 October 2005, it was publicly announced that that 2006 NDP will still be held at the old stadium for the last time, before moving to a new floating platform built on Marina Bay from 2007 onwards [1]. The 130 metre by 100 metre platform will be used for the next three to four years, for at most five years until the new stadium is completed. Although offering 27,000 seating capacity, which is less than National Stadium, there is vast area at Marina Bay for some 150,000 people along the waterfront to watch the parade. October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Marina Bay (Chinese: 滨海湾, Mandarin Pronunciation: Binhaiwan) is a bay near the Central Area in the southern part of Singapore, and lies to the east of the Downtown Core. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Since the 2000s, every year's parade will revolve around a theme which will guide the planning of the parade and show. 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Year Venue Theme Slogan/Tagline
1966 - 1974 Padang  
1975 Decentralised sites  
1976 National Stadium  
1977 Decentralised sites  
1978 Padang  
1979 Decentralised sites  
1980 National Stadium  
1981 Decentralised sites  
1982 Padang  
1983 Decentralised sites  
1984 Padang 25 Years of Nation Building, 1959 - 1984
1985 National Stadium  
1986 National Stadium   Together...Excellence for Singapore
1987 Padang  
1988 National Stadium   Excellence Together, Singapore Forever
1989 National Stadium  
1990 Padang One People, One Nation, One Singapore
1991 National Stadium  
1992 National Stadium   My Singapore, My Home
1993 Padang Nation on Parade
1994 National Stadium  
1995 Padang 30 Years of Nationhood
1996 National Stadium  
1997, 1998 National Stadium   Our Singapore, Our Future
1999 National Stadium Our People Together We Make The Difference
2000 Padang  
2001 National Stadium Knowledge and Creativity
2002 National Stadium A Caring Nation Together, A New Singapore
2003 National Stadium A Cohesive Society
2004 National Stadium A Progressive Society
2005 Padang 40 Years of Nation Building The Future is Ours to Make
2006 National Stadium Our Global City, Our Home
2007 Marina Bay City of Possibilities 
2008 Marina Bay

An aerial view of Singapore, showing the Padang on the right, surrounded by Singapore Parliament building, new and old Supreme Court building and Swissôtel The Stamford. ... The Singapore National Stadium (Chinese: 国家体育场; Malay : Stadium Nasional Singapura) is located in Kallang. ... An aerial view of Singapore, showing the Padang on the right, surrounded by Singapore Parliament building, new and old Supreme Court building and Swissôtel The Stamford. ... The Singapore National Stadium (Chinese: 国家体育场; Malay : Stadium Nasional Singapura) is located in Kallang. ... An aerial view of Singapore, showing the Padang on the right, surrounded by Singapore Parliament building, new and old Supreme Court building and Swissôtel The Stamford. ... An aerial view of Singapore, showing the Padang on the right, surrounded by Singapore Parliament building, new and old Supreme Court building and Swissôtel The Stamford. ... The Singapore National Stadium (Chinese: 国家体育场; Malay : Stadium Nasional Singapura) is located in Kallang. ... The Singapore National Stadium (Chinese: 国家体育场; Malay : Stadium Nasional Singapura) is located in Kallang. ... An aerial view of Singapore, showing the Padang on the right, surrounded by Singapore Parliament building, new and old Supreme Court building and Swissôtel The Stamford. ... The Singapore National Stadium (Chinese: 国家体育场; Malay : Stadium Nasional Singapura) is located in Kallang. ... The Singapore National Stadium (Chinese: 国家体育场; Malay : Stadium Nasional Singapura) is located in Kallang. ... An aerial view of Singapore, showing the Padang on the right, surrounded by Singapore Parliament building, new and old Supreme Court building and Swissôtel The Stamford. ... The Singapore National Stadium (Chinese: 国家体育场; Malay : Stadium Nasional Singapura) is located in Kallang. ... The Singapore National Stadium (Chinese: 国家体育场; Malay : Stadium Nasional Singapura) is located in Kallang. ... An aerial view of Singapore, showing the Padang on the right, surrounded by Singapore Parliament building, new and old Supreme Court building and Swissôtel The Stamford. ... The Singapore National Stadium (Chinese: 国家体育场; Malay : Stadium Nasional Singapura) is located in Kallang. ... An aerial view of Singapore, showing the Padang on the right, surrounded by Singapore Parliament building, new and old Supreme Court building and Swissôtel The Stamford. ... The Singapore National Stadium (Chinese: 国家体育场; Malay : Stadium Nasional Singapura) is located in Kallang. ... The Singapore National Stadium (Chinese: 国家体育场; Malay : Stadium Nasional Singapura) is located in Kallang. ... The Singapore National Stadium (Chinese: 国家体育场; Malay : Stadium Nasional Singapura) is located in Kallang. ... An aerial view of Singapore, showing the Padang on the right, surrounded by Singapore Parliament building, new and old Supreme Court building and Swissôtel The Stamford. ... The Singapore National Stadium (Chinese: 国家体育场; Malay : Stadium Nasional Singapura) is located in Kallang. ... The Singapore National Stadium (Chinese: 国家体育场; Malay : Stadium Nasional Singapura) is located in Kallang. ... The Singapore National Stadium (Chinese: 国家体育场; Malay : Stadium Nasional Singapura) is located in Kallang. ... The Singapore National Stadium (Chinese: 国家体育场; Malay : Stadium Nasional Singapura) is located in Kallang. ... Logo of NDP 2005 The National Day Parade, 2005 (NDP) is a national ceremony in Singapore on August 9, 2005 to commemorate Singapores 40 years of independence. ... An aerial view of Singapore, showing the Padang on the right, surrounded by Singapore Parliament building, new and old Supreme Court building and Swissôtel The Stamford. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... The Singapore National Stadium (Chinese: 国家体育场; Malay : Stadium Nasional Singapura) is located in Kallang. ... Logo of NDP 2007. ... Marina Bay Floating Stadium is the worlds first and largest floating stage located in Marina Bay, Singapore. ... Marina Bay Floating Stadium is the worlds first and largest floating stage located in Marina Bay, Singapore. ...

Logos

Logo of NDP 2000, 35th anniversary of Singapore's Independence.
Logo of NDP 2007.

Beginning from 1998, a unique logo design was selected to represent NDP on all fronts. Even though there had been logos for some previous years' parades, these were only for years of special commemoration, such as the Silver Jubilee in 1990. For all other years' National Day celebrations, slogans have been used. An example of this is "Our Singapore, Our Future" that was first used in the 1997 celebrations. Image File history File links source: [1] File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links source: [1] File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links National Day Parade, Singapore File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links National Day Parade, Singapore File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Logo of NDP 2005 The National Day Parade, 2005 (NDP) is a national ceremony in Singapore on August 9, 2005 to commemorate Singapores 40 years of independence. ... is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


With the introduction of a NDP logo for 1998, every NDP logo henceforth would be designed to suit the themes, in particular the foundation theme, of the parade. In addition, a tagline, which was previously known as a slogan, would be added to the logo design. For example, the tagline for NDP 2005 is "The Future is Ours to Make". These taglines are usually taken from previous National Day Rallies for the purpose of rallying the nation together on 9 August to meet the challenges ahead. The tagline "Together We Make The Difference" was introduced in 1999 due to the launch of the Singapore 21 project, and was replaced by "Together, A New Singapore" in 2002 when then-Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong proposed the "Remaking Singapore" initiative in the National Day Rally 2001. This is a Chinese name; the family name is Goh Goh Chok Tong (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; Hokkien: Gô· Chok-tòng; born May 20, 1941), was the second Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore from November 28, 1990 to August 12, 2004, succeeding Lee Kuan Yew. ...


In the logo of NDP 2007, Blue has taken over the traditional red to symbolise the water around the Marina Bay area. Marina Bay (Chinese: 滨海湾, Mandarin Pronunciation: Binhaiwan) is a bay near the Central Area in the southern part of Singapore, and lies to the east of the Downtown Core. ...


However, it is important to note that the themes and taglines are largely different; and it is the theme that the parade or Show segment will be based on. Taglines are only meant to give a punchier and catchy introduction to the vision Singapore wants to attain.


Parade sequence

Although the programme and sequence of the parade do change over the years, several components and the overall flow of the parade have remained intact for the past 4 decades. With the shifting of venues for some editions of the parade, the programme may see slight modifications in order to suit the venue, for instance the Mobile Column, which is only possible at the Padang site.


Stage and backdrop design

Pre-parade

The pre-parade segment today may include mass-displays, choir performances, school band displays, sky-diving displays, and other light-hearted performances to entertain the crowd prior to the parade proper, with the added positive effect of encouraging parade-attendees to be seated earlier. Initially introduced on an ad-hoc basis as an informal filler, it has since became an integral part of the parade particularly when live television coverage was extended to this segment in recent years. As audience participation has become a part of the parade, the pre-parade segment also becomes an opportunity for the hosts to lead and rehearse with the audience actions they may have to do when the parade proper begins.


Parade and ceremonies

The parade has been a traditional staple of the National Day Parade. Participants of the parade include members of the Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore Police Force, Singapore Civil Defence Force, representatives of the different unions and Ministries as well as students in uniformed groups (such as the National Cadet Corp, the Singapore Red Cross, the Scouts). The Singapore Armed Forces (abbreviation: SAF, Malay: Angkatan Bersenjata Singapura, Simplified Chinese: ) comprises three branches: the Singapore Army, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). ... The Jurong Police Division Headquarters at Jurong West Avenue 5. ... The Singapore Civil Defence Force (abbreviation: SCDF; Chinese: 新加坡民防部队; Malay: Pasukan Pertahanan Awam Singapura) is the main agency in charge of the provision of emergency services in Singapore during peacetime and emergency. ...


Participants are spilt into two main sections: the Guard-of-Honour contingents and the Supporting Contingents. The four Guard-of-Honour contingents are made up of members from the three arms of the Singapore Armed Forces (the Army, represented by the Best Combat Unit; the Navy; and the Air Force) as well as the Singapore Police Force. All members of these contingents are dressed in their respective ceremonial uniforms, known as the No. 1 uniform. Behind the Guard-of-Honour contingents stand the Colours Party, where the state and regimental colours are held by a group of officers, known as ensigns.


The parade traditionally starts with the Parade Regimental Sergeant Major (Parade RSM) forming up the parade on either the Padang or the field of the National Stadium. The command of the parade is handed over to the Parade Commander once the parade has been formed up. Typically, both the Parade RSM and the Parade Commander come from the SAF, and usually hold a minimum rank of Master Warrant Officer, and Lieutenant Colonel respectively. Upon sizing up the parade, the Parade Commander will wait for the arrival of the members of Parliament, members of the Cabinent, and the Prime Minister, in that order. Upon the arrival of each group, the parade will present its salute and present arms.


Lastly once the President has arrived, the Parade Commander will call for a full salute, during which the National Anthem will be played accompanied by a fly-past of the State Flag. After that, the Parade Commander will request that the President inspects the parade. During this inspection, the President will be accompanied by the Chief of Defence Force, Chief of Staff and the Parade Commander. A presidential 21-gun salute is also given to the President during this time. It is customary that the President speaks to some members of the Guard-of-honor contingents as he passes by. After the inspection ends, the President will return to the podium before the Guard-of-honor contingents presents a Feu-de-Joie. At the end of it, the Parade Commander will ask the President for permission for a Parade Marchpast. A feu de joie (French: fire of joy) is a gun salute, described as a running fire of guns, on unique or recurring occasions of public rejoicing of nation and/or ruling dynasty. ...


Marchpast

Mobile column

The Mobile Column is the parade of vehicles and other hardware from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Singapore Police Force and Singapore Civil Defence Force. The first Mobile Column was organised in 1969 which displayed the then newly acquired armour vehicles of the SAF. In 1990, after an absence of 20 years, the Mobile Column made a comeback as Singapore celebrated its 25th year of independence. Since then, it has been on show during the more important anniversaries of the nation's birthday, such as the 1995, 2000, and 2005 editions held at the Padang. The Singapore Armed Forces (abbreviation: SAF, Malay: Angkatan Bersenjata Singapura, Simplified Chinese: ) comprises three branches: the Singapore Army, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). ... The Jurong Police Division Headquarters at Jurong West Avenue 5. ... The Singapore Civil Defence Force (abbreviation: SCDF; Chinese: 新加坡民防部队; Malay: Pasukan Pertahanan Awam Singapura) is the main agency in charge of the provision of emergency services in Singapore during peacetime and emergency. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Flypast

Flypast (NDP 2000)
Flypast (NDP 2000)
NDP 2004
NDP 2004
Fireworks, NDP 2005
Fireworks, NDP 2005

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Show segment

Highlights


The spectacular show segment follows the traditional parade and ceremony, and lasts normally for 45 minutes. Following the theme of the parade that year, the Show will feature three main Acts that culminates in a Grand Finale, that will usually feature the theme song of that year's parade, followed by the much anticipated fireworks display. The entire parade will end in a chorus of voices singing familiar National Day Songs, mass pledge taking and the singing of the National Anthem.


It has its origins in early NDPs as various mass display items put up by community groups or schools to add colour to the otherwise military parade. These items revolved around the themes of racial harmony, ruggedness among youths etc, which are represented by ethnic dances and mass gymnastics displays. This section evolved over the years to become more theatrical, from the massive flashcard displays that complemented the parade in the 1980s to multimedia projections in recent Shows.


Float displays also featured prominently in the Show segments of the 1970s and 1980s where floats were designed to promote government campaigns or highlight the works of various public and private companies. This returned in NDP 2005 as a visual representation of Singapore's past 40 years of nation building.


Parades today, held from dusk to night, end in the climax of fireworks displays which have become a signature item of National Days. However, in the early parades that were held in the day, mass lion dance displays are actually the finale in the parade. Lion dance troupes from various community centres and clan associations would gather on the field to the resonating sound of drumbeats to put on a fiery display that end the parade on an auspicious note. Fireworks over Miami, Florida, USA on American Independence Day Fireworks at Epcot, Florida, USA The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House illuminated under New Years Eve Fireworks 2005 A Fireworks event (also called a fireworks show) or Pyrotechnics is a spectacular display of the effects produced by...


Participating organisations


Though every Show would see the participation of an assortment of public and private companies, there are three main anchors taking on each Act. They are the Peoples' Association (which involvement started in 1984), Singapore SOKA Association (which involvement began in 1986) and the Ministry of Education, which would be represented by an individual institution or a cluster of schools.


Multimedia Show ...


Various high-tech multimedia equipment are used during the actual show segment, and they include:


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In 2004, the "Biggest LED Screen" in Singapore, measuring 31m x 7m, consisting of 23 separate panels in width and 7 panels in height was used. This setup is also one of the largest outdoor screens in the world. In this year, for the first time, public could send national day greetings via SMS/MMS that will be shown on this LED screen. shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... External links LEd Category: TeX ... The term screen has a number of meanings: A window screen is a wire mesh that covers a window opening to keep out insects even when the window is open. ... SMS may refer to: Short message service, a form of text messaging on cell phones Sega Master System – an 8-bit video game console from the 1980s Seiner Majestät Schiff, His Majestys Ship in the German Kaiserliche Marine and the Austro-Hungarian Navy SMS (comics), a British comic... Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) is a standard for telephony messaging systems that allows sending messages that include multimedia objects (images, audio, video, rich text) and not just text as in Short Message Service (SMS). ...


In 2005, "Panoramic Screen and Still Image Projectors" were used. The Panoramic Screen is made up of 26 individual screens each measuring 10m by 6m. Still Image Projectors were used to project the colourful images onto the screen. Also 2 large LED screen, each measuring 8m by 6m, will be used to screen numerous videos and ‘live’ feeds . Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the artistic term Panorama. ... This article is about the artistic term Panorama. ... Video is the technology of processing electronic signals representing moving pictures. ... Live television refers to television broadcasts of events or performances on a delay of between zero and fifteen seconds, rather than from video recordings or film. ...


In 2006, same as 2003 is using PIGI projection technology, at the centre of the stadium, a giant Light Emitting Diode (LED) screen is able to split into six smaller screens to provide a powerful visual impact. For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The word projection can mean more than one thing. ...


Post-parade

Post parade parties began in 1997 in a big way when it was televised on TV and featured top celebrity acts. The purposes of the post parade segment are to congratulate and acknowledge the hard work put in by the participants of the parade as well as to provide entertainment to the audience awaiting to leave the Stadium or Padang.


The post parade will normally last for one hour and will end with the Chief of Defence Force, the Chairman of that year's NDP EXCO and the organisers cutting a cake to celebrate with the participants yet another successful National Day Parade. The party is now normally anchored by the SAF Music and Drama Company.


National Day songs

National Day songs


Under the Sing Singapore Festival, which inaugurated in 1984, numerous community songs have been composed. Nonetheless, only few National Day songs which struck a chord among Singaporeans continue to be sung annually in the parade. They are collectively known as the Sing Singapore Medley which comes after the fireworks display during the Grand Finale.


Other National Day songs continue to be featured during the parade, either in the Pre-Parade segment, Parade and Ceremony segment or used as tunes to accompany mass displays. In particular, for the Parade and Ceremony segment, in between the arrivals of Members of Parliament, Cabinet Ministers, the Prime Minister and the President, four songs each of one official language (Tamil, Malay, Mandarin and English) will be performed.


Theme songs


NDP Theme songs were first introduced in the mid-1980s, starting with "Count On Me Singapore", performed by Clement Chow at the 1986 Parade. Other songs include "We are Singapore" (1987) and "One People, One Nation, One Singapore" (1990).


Theme songs were not prominent in the parades of the 1990s until in 1998, with the widely well-received piece "Home" composed by Dick Lee and sung by local celebrity Kit Chan. Due to its popularity, the song was used once again in 2004 when various renditions, including a rock piece by JJ Lin, were made. This is partly to use the platform of the televised national event to increase awareness to new National Day pieces composed for the Sing Singapore Festival held then.


In 2003, however, a significant split took place when the National Day theme song of that year was not the Sing Singapore theme song. Stefanie Sun's "One United People" was used as the NDP theme song to better suit the theme of "A Cohesive Society" while Sean Wang's "A Place in My Heart" was chosen to lead the Sing Singapore 2003 Festival.


Before 2007, the theme songs come in two languages, the lingua franca in Singapore - English as well as Mandarin. To promote the songs, music videos that showcase local landmarks and lifestyle are made and shown on national television a month before National Day; the songs will also be played on local airwaves. Legal mp3 downloads are also available on the NDP website.


The selection of theme song singers often reflects the acknowledgement of a nation to her homegrown talents. Local songbirds that made it big in regional music scenes, such as Kaira Gong, Kit Chan, Stefanie Sun and Tanya Chua were invited back home to perform various National Day theme songs. The winner of Singapore Idol 2004, Taufik Batisah, was the obvious choice to lead the nation in singing the NDP 2005's theme song "Reach Out For The Skies", alongside singer-actress Rui En.


For the upcoming NDP 2007, there will be two theme songs instead of the usual one. Also, for the first time there will be no Chinese versions of the English songs.


The list of NDP theme songs are as follows:

  • 1985: Stand Up For Singapore
  • 1986: Count On Me Singapore - Clement Chow
  • 1987 & 1988: We Are Singapore
  • 1990: One People, One Nation, One Singapore
  • 1998: Home <家> - Kit Chan (陈洁仪)
  • 1999: Together <心连心> - Evelyn Tan & Dreamz FM (陈毓云&梦飞船)
  • 2000: Shine on Me - Jai, <星月> - Mavis Hee (许美静)
  • 2001: Where I Belong <属于> - Tanya Chua (蔡健雅)
  • 2002: We Will Get There <一起走到> - Stefanie Sun (孙燕姿)
  • 2003: One United People <全心全意> - Stefanie Sun (孙燕姿)
  • 2004: Home <家> - Kit Chan (陈洁仪) and JJ Lin (林俊杰) (The MTV versions were choral renditions performed by Young Voices, which comprises of the Choirs from the Tanjong Katong Girls' School and Tampines Primary School.)
  • 2005: Reach Out For The Skies - Taufik Batisah and Rui En, <勇敢向前飞> - Rui En (芮恩)
  • 2006: My Island Home <幸福的图形>- Kaira Gong (龚诗嘉)
  • 2007: There's No Place I'd Rather Be - Kit Chan (陈洁仪) and Will You - Various Local Artiste

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NDP funpack

Funpacks are bags containing goodies which are distributed every year. These goodies include food, drinks and discount vouchers from various participating companies and sponsors; items intended for the use during the parade, such as a theme-designed torchlight, and last but not least, the Singapore flag. Funpacks bags are designed by students from local polytechnics, and they are most of the years packed by selected members of the armed forces. The word drink is primarily a verb, meaning to ingest liquids, see Drinking. ... Flag ratio: 2:3. ... The term polytechnic, from the Greek πολύ polú meaning many and τεχνικός tekhnikós meaning arts, is commonly used in many countries to describe an institution that delivers vocational or technical education and training, other countries do not use the term and use alternative terminology. ...


Organisation and sponsorship

Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command providing security coverage at the Padang during the National Day Parade in 2000.
Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command providing security coverage at the Padang during the National Day Parade in 2000.

The National Day Parades are organised by the Singapore Armed Forces, with the involvement of a multitude of public and private organisations. Each year's parade will see the formation of a NDP EXCO which oversees various aspects of the parade, from the Parade & Ceremony to the Show, from SICUS (Seating, Invitation, Car parking, Ushering and Security) to Website & Publicity. The EXCO is formed by military personnels and is usually headed by the Commander of the organising division. Civilians also sit on the EXCO as representatives of the various public agencies involved. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1633x1225, 419 KB) Summary Description: Singapore Armed Forces Provost Unit members providing security coverage at the National Day Parade 2000 held at the Padang, Singapore. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1633x1225, 419 KB) Summary Description: Singapore Armed Forces Provost Unit members providing security coverage at the National Day Parade 2000 held at the Padang, Singapore. ... SAFMPC providing security coverage at the Padang during the National Day Parade in 2000. ... An aerial view of Singapore, showing the Padang on the right, surrounded by Singapore Parliament building, new and old Supreme Court building and Swissôtel The Stamford. ...


Similarly, sponsorship comes from various public and private organisations to fund this multi million dollar production. This includes local organisations such as the Singapore Pools, Singapore Telecom, as well as multi national companies such as Volkswagen and Nokia. In recent years, sponsorship is divided into three categories depending on the amount of money pledged - Principal, Major and Co-sponsors/partners.


Trivia

  • The 1968 parade was held during the monsoon season. Some participants and spectators in this parade discussed this issue after the National Day Rally Speech in 2005.
  • Princess Alexandra was the special guest of the 1969 parade, which not only celebrated Singapore's 4th birthday, but also celebrated the 150th anniversary of the founding of Singapore.
  • Songs for Singapore were first commissioned in 1984, beginning with "Stand Up for Singapore".
  • A major change in concept to the NDP was made in 1986. Celebrating Singapore's 21 years of independence, the parade was held in the evening for the first time at the National Stadium. That year also saw the debut of flashlights for audience participation, and grand finale fireworks, following the theme song for that year, "Count On Me Singapore". A large national flag was formed by 7,000 students at the National Stadium, dressed in red and white. Since then, all parades were held from dusk to night, in exception to the parades in 1989 and 1990.
  • The flashcard display made its debut in the 1988 parade. It also made its appearances in 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1996.
  • The Presidential Gun Salute was fired inside the National Stadium in 1994 & 1997.
  • The music video of the theme song for the 1999 parade, "Together", was shot by Hong Kong director Tsui Hark, who captured Singapore's multi-racial harmony.
  • A centerstage was used for the first time in the 2003 parade. It was again used in 2005.
  • The 2004 parade saw a record number of youth participants.
  • Flashlights were designed like mobile phones for the first time in the 2004 parade.
  • The funpacks in 2005 and 2006 were designed by students from Temasek Polytechnic.
  • The National Stadium hosted the NDP for the very last time in 2006. To pay its tribute, the giant cauldron was lit up in the stadium.
  • Four guns were used for the Presidential Gun Salute in 2006, instead of the traditional six, due to space constraints as a part of the stadium site had been converted to a car park.
  • Apache attack helicopters made a debut in the 2006 parade.
  • SAR 21 was being used by the Guard-of-Honour Contigents for the first time in the 2006 parade.
  • The 2007 parade will be held for the first time at Marina Bay.
  • The 2007 parade will see the largest orchestra ever put together. Made up of 240 musicians from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra,Malay and Indian Ensembles and the SAF Central Band.
  • The song "There's No Place I'd Rather Be" was originally sung by Project SuperStar finalist, Kelly Poon. The MTV have some cameo appearances by two MPs, Dr Faishal Ibrahim and Michael Palmer.

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See also

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External links

  • NDP 2007 official website

 
 

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