PHOTOS: Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

All the action from Singapore's 53rd birthday bash at the floating platform

Photos: Calvin Wong, Jane Fong, Lim Chee Yong and Zen Feng
Photos: Calvin Wong, Jane Fong, Lim Chee Yong and Zen Feng
09 Aug 2018

Photos: Calvin Wong, Jane Fong, Lim Chee Yong and Zen Feng


Singapore marked its 53rd birthday on Thursday (Aug 9) with tens of thousands gathered at the downtown Marina Bay area to soak in the celebrations. Held at The Float @ Marina Bay, this year’s National Day Parade (NDP), which celebrates our people, our nation and our home, marks many firsts such the daytime fireworks display and freefall water jump by the naval combat divers.

Click on for highlights of the parade.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
07 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

The Republic of Singapore Navy’s combat divers make a splash with their NDP debut. Eight divers performed a freefall jump with full operational gear in the waters of Marina Bay.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
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Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Perennial crowd favourites the Red Lions execute the wingsuit jump for the first time.  

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Red Lion "flying" to the floating platform in his wing suit.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Naval combat divers and the Red Lions salute to the nation.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Loud cheers greet Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as he arrives at the floating platform.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Daylight fireworks during the pre-parade segment.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Revellers at the National Day Parade.​​​​​​​

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Emcees Nadia M. Din, Joakim Gomez, Sonia Chew, and Gurmit Singh get the crowd going before the parade.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
07 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

A capella group MICapella perform their medley of National Day and community songs.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
07 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Mascots past and present Nila the Lion, Water Wally, Courtesy Lion, Sharity Elephant, Captain Green and Teamy the Bee entertain the audience before the parade.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Parade Regiment Sergeant Major giving commands from the audience stand for the first time.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Members of Parliament arrive at the floating platform.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
07 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

The State Flag flypast

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

The 560-strong military tattoo, which includes the combined schools choir, is the largest military musical performance to be held at the floating platform.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
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Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Five F-15 jets execute bomb burst in a salute to the nation's 53rd birthday.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

We're curious what got Tin Pei Ling so excited.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

President Halimah Yacob arrives for her very first NDP as head of state.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
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Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Mdm Halimah inspects the parade.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
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Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

The thunderous Presidential Gun Salute.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
07 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

The Guard of Honour executing the Feu De Joie.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Planes from the Republic of Singapore Airforce perform the aerial flypast

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Two F-16 jets carve out heart shape with smoke trails to thank Singaporeans for their support to the RSAF.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

The F-15SG sporting special RSAF50 livery pulling off a high G-turn.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

The Colours Party contingent during the march past.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
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Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Apart from the Guard of Honour and Colours Party, there were 27 contingents taking part in the parade.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
07 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

The parade show kicks off with 'My Island Home' performed by Joanna Dong.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
07 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

For the first time, the NDP features a water procession involving 18 boats and floats, some of which are modelled after iconic playgrounds in Singapore.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
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Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Balloon garlands dance gracefully to the music of Aisyah Aziz and The Lion City Boy. 

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
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Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Stunning images from the performance in Act 2, Our Hopes, Our Aspirations.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Julai Tan, the oldest NDP performer at 93, performs a Bach piece, Air on the G String, and accompanied on the organ by jazz musician Jeremy Monteiro.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

An upbeat drum performance by some 500 performers from the Peoples' Association. The ethnic drums represent what makes us unique as Singaporeans.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
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Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Performers return to the stage for the grand finale.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Everyone wants to get their hands on the inflatable balls floating down from the stands.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

Gareth Fernandez, Aisyah Aziz, Charlie Goh, Joanna Dong and The Lion City Boy performing this year's NDP song, a remake of the old classic 'We Are Singapore'.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
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Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

The audience raise their placards during the Placard Challenge to form the words “We ❤ SG”.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

The national anthem during the grand finale.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

The moment everyone's been waiting for: the fireworks display.

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
Highlights from National Day Parade 2018
09 Aug 2018

Highlights from National Day Parade 2018

The parade culminates with a spectacular 12-minute long fireworks display. 

The National Day Parade is available on catch-up at Toggle.sg/ndp2018

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