The SG50 National Day Parade details have been announced and it is looking pretty impressive to say the least. In what promises to be one of the biggest celebrations in Singapore’s history, this year’s national day marks 50 years of Singapore’s freedom. And celebrations are going to be BIG!
SG50 National Day Parade 2015
On the 9th August 2015, the entire Marina Bay area, from Gardens by the Bay right through to the Padang will host Singapore’s biggest ever National Day Parade. Two main locations will set the stage for a celebration of mammoth proportions: The Padang and The Float @ Marina Bay. In addition, festivities will also be held at the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza, the Promontory, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Barrage and Merlion Park. In combination, the sites will accommodate around 150,000 national day revelers. Describing the scale of the National Day Parade 2015, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said: “There have been many calls to the NDP Organising Committee to allow as many Singaporeans as possible to share in this historic 50th NDP. There is a limit to the number of people that can watch the show on the Padang, but I am happy to announce that we have changed the format so that many more people can share in this moment on Aug 9, 2015. We do want to make this Golden Jubilee celebration special for as many Singaporeans as possible.”
The National Day Parade 2015 will be massive. The usual aerial display will feature over 50 different aircraft and the event will celebrate the achievements of Singapore’s military and civil service personnel of years gone by. The theme of the event will be “Majulah Singapura,” which “reprises the clarion call to all Singaporeans when we were a poor nation at independence, beset on all sides with problems of inadequate jobs, housing, education and other basic necessities of life,” Dr. Ng said. “‘Majulah Singapura’ was the rallying cry to all of us to move forward as one people to overcome these challenges and more. And we have succeeded.”
Here’s a quick view of the parade route and viewing destinations.
Places to Watch the SG50 National Day Parade
SG50 National Day Fun Packs
Come July, households throughout the city will be eagerly anticipating the arrival of their free National Day fun packs. A total of 1.2 million houses (Singaporean citizens and permanent residents) will receive a special commemorative SG50 fun pack, which will contain traditional games, publications and a commemorative collectible Singa lion plush toy in one of 15 designs.
Details on ticket balloting for both venues have yet to be announced. However, around a total of around 51,000 tickets will be available, meaning more Singaporeans than ever can take part in celebrating Singapore’s 50th national day.