SINGAPORE - The National Day Parade (NDP) 2015 was a rollercoaster ride in the best possible way.
Energetic mass displays were punctuated by emotive performances, and breathtaking aerial acrobatic displays bookended nostalgic interludes in a show that had the audience joining in with fervour and passion.
We round up 11 of the highlights from Sunday's Golden Jubilee celebration:
1. Most patriotic - Proclamation of Independence
At 9am, Singaporeans heard the Proclamation read out by Mr Lee for the first time, as media channels across Singapore played a recording made by him in 2012.
It was a "moment of anguish" for him in 1965, but fifty years on, a moment of national pride for Singaporeans.
2. Most emotional - Tribute to Lee Kuan Yew
Many teared up when former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's image appeared on screen during a tribute to him.
His presence was sorely missed as the late founding leader of Singapore, who died on March 23 this year, had attended every Parade since 1966.
Emotions peaked when cameras panned to his empty seat, adorned by a sprig of yellow orchids.
It was a bummer that one of the much-anticipated opening acts had to be called off. Due to low cloud cover which obstructed their view of the designated landing area, a decision was made to call off the jump to ensure the safety of the jumpers.
But the no show didn't dampen the spirits of spectators at the stands for long.
There were three aerial displays this year, one right after the tribute to the late Mr Lee, another one of 20 F-16s flying in a "50" formation, with a "bomb burst" at the end, and a final one showcasing an array of the Republic of Singapore Air Force's assets, including the last F-15.
The in-cockpit views of an F-15 fighter jet doing a vertical climb over the Marina Bay area is the closest most of us will ever get to being in one!
7. Most shiok - Celebrating things Singaporean
Ice kachang, chilli crab and durian, icons like the Changi Airport control tower, and even Singlish terms like "Blur like Sotong" and "Lah" made an appearance in the People's Association's mass display.
Then there were the giant balls that the audience were bouncing around as they sang familiar songs like Munnaeru Vaalibaa and Singapore Town that all Singaporeans have sung in school. Shiok right?
8. The Cutest - LED little ones
Some 500 children from six primary schools were decked out in LED lights as they performed. And the crowd gasped every time the little troopers changed colour.
But we all knew Singapore pupils are some of the brightest in the world.
9. Most heartwarming - Kit Chan's Home
What is it about this song that warms the cockles of every Singaporean's heart and gets everyone singing along?
Kit ended on a high note with her heartfelt performance, if it truly is her last at an NDP, as she mentioned it might be last week.
10. Most kiasu or patient - The early birds
Some of the audience were at the Parade and at other sites to catch the 50th edition of NDP hours before it started to get good seats or beat the traffic. We think they also deserve some applause for their dedication.
11. Most spontaneous - The cleanup
Many spectators took their rubbish with them as they left, leaving clean aisles at the Parade venue.
About 200 volunteers from the #keepSGclean movement also picked up trash at different areas in the Marina Bay area. Way to go Singapore!
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