5 Unique Highlights of NDP 2015 Celebrations at the Float
By Nina Syahira
August 5, 2015
Spectators lighting up the night sky for NDP 2015.
The year 2015 marks Singapore’s 50th birthday and to celebrate our Golden Jubilee, People’s Association (PA) and SAFRA have joined hands in a huge collaborative effort to organise the National Day Parade 2015 Celebrations at the Float! This monumental event, which is held over two days on Saturday, 1 Aug and Sunday, 9 Aug 2015, brings 50,000 Singaporeans to the heart of Marina Bay to be part of the celebrations.
Minister for Defence, Ng Eng Hen, in the leading tank of the mobile column at the media event on Jul 25 2015.
Come Sunday, spectators at the float will be able to view the celebrations at the Padang live on four big LED screens. What makes it even more exciting is that certain segments from the Padang will actually make their way to The Float, like the mobile column and parade contingent.
Besides that, Celebrations at the Float will also feature its own line-up of rousing performances and segments that only spectators at the Float at Marina Bay can enjoy.
Here are 5 unique things at the NDP 2015 Celebrations at the Float!
Show hosts Irene Ang and JK at The Float @ Marina Bay
1. The Float at Marina Bay
“[It] didn’t exist in 1965. This place reminds us of the progress Singapore has made in the past 5 or 10 years. So we hope to give them the confidence to look onwards with a lot of hope and optimism that Singapore will go from strength to strength over the next 50 years or more,” said COL Frederick Choo, Chairman of Engagement, Celebrations, and Mobile Column at the media feature on 25 July 2015.
East Coast Choir by Kampong Chai Chee rehearsing before the show
2. ‘Thank You for Singapore’ – a special tribute for Mr Lee Kuan Yew
On a sombre note, SG50 also marks our nation’s first year without Singapore’s founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. As a special tribute for Mr Lee, the East Coast Choir by Kampong Chai Chee will be performing the song, ‘Thank You for Singapore’.
“This was first performed in 1991 as a tribute to then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew on the occasion of his retirement,” added Chia Tze Yee, Group Director (Engagement Cluster-Lifestages) of People's Association, at the media event.
Check out our own tribute for Mr Lee: “5 Life Lessons from Lee Kuan Yew”.
Aerial display: Black Knights’ 5 stars tribute for Mr Lee Kuan Yew
3. Spectacular aerial display
The Float at Marina Bay provides a completely unobstructed view of the spectacular aerial displays. Marvel at the sights of the various aircrafts of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and witness some of the most jaw-dropping performances by the RSAF’s Black Knights. Also, you get check out the pilot’s view from their cockpit cameras, live on the screens!
Fireworks galore for NDP 2015!
4. The best view of the fireworks display
Spectators at The Float have the best seats in the house for the SG50 special fireworks display! Check out the above animated image! Need we say more?
Celebration Concert after the parade featuring a variety of local artists and celebrities like Ling Kai (left) and Vernon Cornelius (right)
5. Celebration Concert
After the fireworks, the party continues with a special celebration concert, a unique highlight of the celebrations at the Float! It features celebrities like Jack Neo and Ah Boys to Men cast Tosh and Weiliang, music legends Vernon Cornelius and Jeremy Monteiro and even current hit-makers like Sezairi Sezali and Ling Kai.
Enjoy exclusive SG50 deals for you and family, and look out for more exciting events in our Celebrations Calendar!
Looking to get the most out of your long weekend this National Day? Check out SAFRA’s Makan Guide for SG50 Jubilee Weekend with the list of activities you can do with friends and family!
Check out our exclusive #SGSoldier interviews with CPT (Ret) Shamsudin bin Shadan’s incredible life story in the army in ‘How Discipline Shapes Success’, (Ret) Frank Singam and the extraordinary efforts by the RSAF in ‘The Original Black Knight’ as well as our tribute for Mr Lee Kuan Yew in ‘5 Life Lessons from Lee Kuan Yew’.