The last time I attended the National Day Parade live was at the National Stadium when I was performing in the band during my secondary school years. After that, I had to contend with watching the parade from television every year.
This year, it was held at Padang and by serendipity, I managed to get last minute tickets (at 5.20pm!) to the parade.
There was a massive crowd around City Hall area as everyone tried to catch a glimpse of the sky performances. We weaved through the mass of people and finally got to the venue, hot and confused. Thankfully there were a lot of ushers around to point us the right way.
I’ve never seen so many uniformed men converge at one venue!
We were supposed to be seated at the Green sector, but we were told there were no more seats, so we ended up at the Yellow sector and this was the sight that greeted us when we popped our heads out of the scaffold spectator stand.
I’m guessing you have to come early to “chope” seats? Anyway, we ended up sitting on the steps which was a lot less stress-free because it would be really disruptive to the rest if we needed to answer nature’s call.
The sea of red is gorgeous!
The backdrop complements the celebrations, especially when night fell and the lights took over.
I found out from the magazine in the goodie bag that there were 7 different designs of it.
I plucked out the candy portion and ate only the biscuit!
The President driving past our section.
I love the sounds of these jets! I especially like the display where 2 jets criss-crossed one another and when one of the jets took a vertical climb up into the sky.
The entrance and exit points for the formation performers were on the side I was sitting on, so I could snap these “behind-the-scenes” photos!
The flash on my camera reflected off the costumes of these performers.
Sparks and aerial performer really took the show to another level! The lights casted on the columns of the Supreme Court really made the show exceptionally colourful!
The costumes made them look like characters off some video game. Quite scary!
The aerial shot of this was gorgeous from the screen, where Kit Chan was perched at the tip of the crescent moon. It was the perfect formation for us to recite our pledge.