PHOTOS: Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

Singapore marked its Golden Jubilee with the largest birthday bash ever 

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

Photos: Bob Lee, Calvin Wong, Lim Chee Yong

Singapore marked its Golden Jubilee on Sunday (August 9) with the largest and most spectacular National Day Parade (NDP) ever at the Padang, where the first parade was held in 1966. Apart from the main show at the Padang, some 25,000 Singaporeans gathered at The Float @ Marina Bay, where a second show was held, to soak in the celebrations.

Though crowd favourites, the Red Lions, did not make their jump due to poor weather conditions, there were plenty of highlights throughout the three-hour event, from the touching tribute to Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew to the thrilling aerial display by the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s Black Knights. Click on for the highlights.

Catch the National Day Parade and other NDP-related programmes online at Toggle.sg/ndp2015.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrives at the Padang

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

The mood at the Padang turns sombre as a tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew plays. Watch the video tribute here.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

Flowers left at the seat reserved for Singapore's late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

The Black Knights “Five Stars” aerial flypast during in honour of Mr Lee.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

Foreign dignitaries including Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak, and Prince Andrew at the NDP.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

Loud cheers greet ESM Goh Chok Tong as he arrives at the Padang.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

Revellers at the National Day Parade

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

The parade begins with a flashback to Singapore's history - that's Sir Stamford Raffles.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

A throwback to the days where policemen wore shorts in the Vintage Parade.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

Members of Parliament cheer on the pioneer contingents from the Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore Civil Defence Force, Singapore Police Force in the Vintage Parade.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

The iconic colourful streamer float from the People’s Association seen in the parades in the 1970s.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

The Singapore Girls from the Singapore Airlines contingent during the Vintage Parade

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

The Singapore Airlines plane flypast caps off the Vintage Parade segment. This is the first time an SIA plane is participating in the NDP. Watch it here.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

President Tony Tan Keng Yam arrives at the Padang. This is his fourth National Day Parade as head of state.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

20 F-16s form a number “50” in a salute to the nation.

Highlights from NDP 2015
Highlights from NDP 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from NDP 2015

The Black Knights kick off the second aerial display with “Arrowhead” combined helicopter formation.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

The Black Knights' “Criss Cross” manoeuvre

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

The Presidential Gun Salute in the waters off the Merlion Park.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

The celebratory rifle salute Feu De Joie

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

March past

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

The Mobile Column featuring 177 SAF and Home Team assets makes a return to the NDP after five years. 

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

Uniquely Singapore icons and mascots take the stage.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

Corrinne May performing "Song for Singapore" on board the iconic dragon playground float.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

Stefanie Sun leads spectators in "We Will Get There" and "One United People".

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

JJ Lin performing the National Day theme song, "Our Singapore".

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

Some 500 children from six primary schools accompanying JJ Lin's performance

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

Kit Chan singing crowd favourite "Home". 

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

Singaporeans recite the pledge during Pledge Moment at 2015 hours. Pledge Moment was led by a group of Singaporeans born on August 9.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

Spectators outside Marina Bay Sands rise for Pledge Moment.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

Everyone wants a piece of the SG50 ball!

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
Highlights from National Day Parade 2015
09 Aug 2015

Highlights from National Day Parade 2015

The parade culminates with a spectacular fireworks display. Happy 50th birthday, Singapore!

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