8 things to look out for at NDP 2017

Apart from the return of crowd pleasers like the Red Lions, spectators can look forward to a tribute to NSmen

Photos: Bob Lee, Calvin Wong, Jane Fong, Lim Chee Yong, and Pek Yan Lin
Photos: Bob Lee, Calvin Wong, Jane Fong, Lim Chee Yong, and Pek Yan Lin
31 Jul 2017

Photos: Bob Lee, Calvin Wong, Jane Fong, Lim Chee Yong, and Pek Yan Lin

After a two-year hiatus, the National Day Parade (NDP) returns to The Float @ Marina Bay for Singapore’s 52nd birthday. Hosted by Joakim Gomez, Julie Tan, Nurul Aini, and Subramaniam Narainda, this year’s parade celebrates Singapore’s achievements and highlights how, as a nation, citizens have overcome the odds together.

Making a comeback are crowd pleasers like the Red Lions’ free-fall jump and Dynamic Defence Display, which will showcase a larger military display as Singapore celebrates 50 years of National Service. Here are eight elements to look forward to come August 9.

Robot emcee Edgar
Robot emcee Edgar
31 Jul 2017

Robot emcee Edgar

Joining the emcees as a host is Edgar, a robot created by researchers from Nanyang Technological University. Born and bred in Singapore, Edgar, the first robot to host the NDP, is not only smart but also witty, and can chat about almost anything. He even claims to have passed his PSLE with flying colours and knows where to eat the best chicken rice in Singapore.

Return of the Red Lions
Return of the Red Lions
31 Jul 2017

Return of the Red Lions

The Red Lions, who were sorely missed at the last two NDPs, are back to thrill the crowds at the floating platform. Performing their freefall from 10,000 feet, the nine-man team from the Singapore Armed Forces Parachute Team comprises of four first-time NDP participants, who have at least 260 jumps under their belts. Be sure to wave and give them roaring welcome when they descend!

NS50 tribute
NS50 tribute
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NS50 tribute

As Singapore celebrates 50 years of National Service (NS50) this year, the parade and ceremony segment will feature a special tribute to national servicemen and their families. An NS50 tribute video will be screened and the marching contingents will salute NS men past and present. Pioneer batches of NSmen and their sons have also been invited to watch the parade.

Display of military might
Display of military might
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Display of military might

Also making a return to NDP is the Dynamic Defence Display (D3), which will be showcased in two parts. The first will feature a display of more than 50 military assets from the army, navy and air force, and the second, a realistic simulation of a terrorist attack.

Display of military might
Display of military might
31 Jul 2017

Display of military might

The action-packed performance, complete with explosions, pyrotechnics and special effects, showcases how Singapore responds to cyber and terror attacks through a multi-agency counter-terrorism display.

Aerial salute
Aerial salute
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Aerial salute

In addition to witnessing the nation’s air capabilities, spectators will be treated to an aerial salute by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). For the first time, the signature bomb burst manoeuver will be performed by five RSAF F-15SG fighter aircraft, two of which are by NSmen. 


Light show by drones
Light show by drones
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Light show by drones

Also taking to the skies this year are 300 unmanned drones for a stunning light show over the waters at Marina Bay. Equipped with built-in LED lights, the drones will fly in seven formations including the Merlion, the NDP 2017 logo, and an outline of Singapore map. The five-minute performance, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, aims to inspire Singaporeans to imagine the immense opportunities that the future brings.

Rocker granny
Rocker granny
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Rocker granny

In line with its #OneNationTogether theme, this year's parade will feature more than 3,000 performers from all walks of life, with the oldest at 81. Electric guitarist Madam Mary Ho, affectionately known as Grandma Mary, will take to the stage to perform two songs, which she learnt in a month - most likely a walk in the park for the self-taught guitarist, who took up the instrument when she was 60. 

Joining Grandma Mary in the special performance by senior artistes are Cultural Medallion recipient Santha Bhaskar, Brian Richmond who will perform a rap in Malay and English, and singer Rahima Rahim who will serenade a Mandarin song.


Fireworks
Fireworks
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Fireworks

And ending the celebrations with a bang is a four-minute fireworks display over the water. Accompanied by music and laser displays, some of the fireworks will be set off at close proximity so audiences can get up close with the action. Keep your eyes peeled for fireworks in the shape of a flower in bloom, among other colourful displays. 

Catch the National Day Parade live on Channel 5 and online at Toggle.sg/ndp2017 on August 9 from 5.40pm. Catch-up videos of NDP 2017 and other NDP-related programmes will also be available on Toggle.

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