NDP 2016 AT THE HUB: OUR PARADE, OUR PEOPLE

People united in shades of red and white

The atmosphere inside the 55,000-seat stadium is electric as members of the audience pass along one of 16 giant Singapore flags during the singing of the National Anthem.
The atmosphere inside the 55,000-seat stadium is electric as members of the audience pass along one of 16 giant Singapore flags during the singing of the National Anthem.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (above) arrives at the parade as the crowd cheers loudly.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (above) arrives at the parade as the crowd cheers loudly.
President Tony Tan Keng Yam waves to spectators after inspecting the Guard of Honour contingents. He is flanked by (left) Chief of Defence Force Perry Lim and Parade Commander Poon Des-Mon.
President Tony Tan Keng Yam waves to spectators after inspecting the Guard of Honour contingents. He is flanked by (left) Chief of Defence Force Perry Lim and Parade Commander Poon Des-Mon.
Cabinet ministers arrive to take their seats before the start of the parade. Many MPs, including Parliament Speaker Halimah Yacob and Tampines GRC MP Baey Yam Keng, posted “wefies” and photos of the occasion on Facebook.
Cabinet ministers arrive to take their seats before the start of the parade. Many MPs, including Parliament Speaker Halimah Yacob and Tampines GRC MP Baey Yam Keng, posted “wefies” and photos of the occasion on Facebook.
Taking in the excitement at the stadium are women MPs and NMPs (from left) Sim Ann, Fatimah Lateef, Indranee Rajah, Low Yen Ling, Lee Bee Wah, Amy Khor, Cheryl Chan, Sun Xueling, Cheng Li Hui, Chia Yong Yong (in wheelchair), Jessica Tan, Rahayu Mahza
Taking in the excitement at the stadium are women MPs and NMPs (from left) Sim Ann, Fatimah Lateef, Indranee Rajah, Low Yen Ling, Lee Bee Wah, Amy Khor, Cheryl Chan, Sun Xueling, Cheng Li Hui, Chia Yong Yong (in wheelchair), Jessica Tan, Rahayu Mahzam, Denise Phua, Sylvia Lim, Foo Mee Har and K. Thanaletchimi. PHOTO: INDRANEE RAJAH / FACEBOOK

Singapore's MPs turned up in different shades of red and white yesterday, waving miniature Singapore flags as they made their way down the stands of the National Stadium.

The Members of Parliament were greeted with loud cheers as they joined the nation's 51st birthday bash.

From Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob to Tampines GRC MP Baey Yam Keng, the MPs posted "wefies" and photos of the occasion on Facebook.

Mr Baey called the show a "beautiful, colourful and classy presentation".

The atmosphere inside the 55,000-seat stadium was electric. Outside the stadium, families, couples and friends turned up early with cameras and picnic mats, in hopes of nabbing the best seats to catch the fireworks, which are a crowd favourite every year.

Madam Masayu, 48, had camped out by the Kallang River with her husband Mr Samsi, 49, and their granddaughter, three, since 4.30pm, in a bid to snag the best seats. She said: "We wanted to catch the fireworks and we heard that the view is better from outside the stadium."

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Photographers also turned up in droves at the Tanjong Rhu area. Mr Billy Ng, 32, who works in the service sector, arrived at 3pm to get his gear ready.

He said: "I wanted to get a good shot of the fireworks this year, especially as NDP is back at the National Stadium after 10 years."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2016, with the headline 'People united in shades of red and white'. Print Edition | Subscribe