Who pays for NDP props and costumes?

A National Day Parade preview at the Marina Bay Floating Platform last Saturday. The budget for this year's parade is similar to those for previous parades held at the venue, which range between $15.7 million and $17.9 million. The audience at this y
A National Day Parade preview at the Marina Bay Floating Platform last Saturday. The budget for this year's parade is similar to those for previous parades held at the venue, which range between $15.7 million and $17.9 million. The audience at this year's event can expect to see performers wearing unique, "forward-looking" outfits.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Items are rented and returned to supplier post-event for recycling

A reader wrote in to askST: "Who funds the costumes and props used in National Day parades? And what happens to them after the main parade is over? Are they discarded, and how?"

Reporter Audrey Tan checked with the National Day Parade organisers for the answer.

The funds used for costumes and props in the National Day Parade (NDP) are factored into the parade budget, said a spokesman for the NDP 2017 Executive Committee.

"The costumes and props are both rented and, after the NDP, they will be taken back by the suppliers for the materials to be recycled," he said.

The budget for this year's parade, held at the Marina Bay Floating Platform, is similar to those for previous parades held at the venue. They range between $15.7 million and $17.9 million.

The audience at the nation's largest party on Aug 9 can expect to see performers wearing unique, "forward-looking" outfits. This is because costume designers Max Tan and Yuan Zhiying skipped the usual ethnic garb and opted for a contemporary look instead.

For instance, local rapper Tosh Zhang, who will be performing with parkour enthusiasts during the parade, will be decked out in outfits with fluorescent elements. But upon a closer look, the audience will find that the performers are clothed in "deconstructed corporate wear", such as blazers.

Besides that, spectators will also get to see a giant mosquito puppet and a curry-puff float.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 05, 2017, with the headline 'Who pays for NDP props and costumes?'. Print Edition | Subscribe