Giant birthday cake to light up Singapore's 49th birthday celebrations

Cheong Heng Wan, chairman of the fireworks committee, demonstrates how a firework shell used for aerial or high-level fireworks is prepared for the rehearsal onboard the giant birthday cake barge. -- PHOTO: ZAOBAO 
Cheong Heng Wan, chairman of the fireworks committee, demonstrates how a firework shell used for aerial or high-level fireworks is prepared for the rehearsal onboard the giant birthday cake barge. -- PHOTO: ZAOBAO 
A “birthday cake” to the nation made up of fireworks in the shape of the Crescent Moon and Five Stars in the middle of the Marina Bay. -- PHOTO: NDP 2014 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
A “birthday cake” to the nation made up of fireworks in the shape of the Crescent Moon and Five Stars in the middle of the Marina Bay. -- PHOTO: NDP 2014 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Performers on the Marina Bay Floating Platform enjoying the fireworks at the end of the National Day Parade's first combined rehearsal on July 5, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Performers on the Marina Bay Floating Platform enjoying the fireworks at the end of the National Day Parade's first combined rehearsal on July 5, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

SINGAPORE - A giant birthday cake will light up Marina Bay during this year's National Day Parade.

Apart from the usual four-minute firework finale, organisers have designed a fake 60x70m cake with more than 400 flares which will be lit during the national anthem on a barge around 200m from the floating platform.

"We wanted to create something special for the nation," said fireworks committee chairman Cheong Heng Wan. "Fireworks are usually associated with an aerial showcase but we wanted to be different and to light up the bay with a birthday cake from the ground."

The nation's 49th birthday on Aug 9 will be the last time the parade will be held at the Floating Platform against the backdrop of Singapore's Central Business District.

The platform has served as a temporary site since 2007 - except in 2010 when it was held at the Padang - while the new National Stadium was being built.

Preparation for the show's pyrotechnic display started in September last year. A team of about 50 volunteers and full-time national servicemen are part of the team.