Airborne naval divers and Singapore mascots on show: 7 highlights at National Day Parade 2018

Naval Combat Divers from the Republic of Singapore Navy’s Naval Diving Unit performing a freefall water jump next to the Marina Bay Floating Platform, on June 30, 2018.
Naval Combat Divers from the Republic of Singapore Navy’s Naval Diving Unit performing a freefall water jump next to the Marina Bay Floating Platform, on June 30, 2018.ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR
These Singapore mascots will appear in the pre-parade segment, and join other performers to take the National Pledge at the end of the parade on Aug 9.
These Singapore mascots will appear in the pre-parade segment, and join other performers to take the National Pledge at the end of the parade on Aug 9.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
MICappella - who sing without instrumentation as their name suggests - performed National Day song medleys in 2013 and 2015 and posted the videos online.
MICappella - who sing without instrumentation as their name suggests - performed National Day song medleys in 2013 and 2015 and posted the videos online.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/MICAPPELLA
For the first time in parade history, the Singapore Army's Red Lions will be donning bright-red wing suits and will be making the display jump from a greater height of 3,800m.
For the first time in parade history, the Singapore Army's Red Lions will be donning bright-red wing suits and will be making the display jump from a greater height of 3,800m.ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR
Conducting this year's combined school choir is Ms Lim Jiuan, 59, who teaches at Nan Hua High School.
Conducting this year's combined school choir is Ms Lim Jiuan, 59, who teaches at Nan Hua High School.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Naval combat divers pose for a photo in front of the Super Puma helicopter.
Naval combat divers pose for a photo in front of the Super Puma helicopter.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
President Halimah Yacob with military tattoo members at a practice session yesterday. There are 220 combined schools choir members this year.
President Halimah Yacob with military tattoo members at a practice session on July 18, 2018. There are 220 combined schools choir members this year.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - This year's National Day Parade (NDP) will bring back old favourites and deliver new experiences, with the return of the combined schools choir and naval divers performing a free-fall jump for the first time in an NDP.

Singapore's 53rd National Day celebrations promise to be an evening of fireworks, dance performances and smiles. Here are seven highlights to look out for:

Return of the combined schools choir

After a five-year hiatus, the choir returns with performances jazzing up the parade and ceremony segment.

The choir comprises 220 students from East Spring, Riverside, Unity and Yuhua secondary schools.

President Halimah Yacob's first NDP

Singapore's first female president, Madam Halimah, will be attending her first NDP since taking on the role in September last year (2017).

Naval divers performing free-fall

For the first time in parade history, naval divers will perform a free-fall jump.

The soldiers, from the Republic of Singapore Navy's Naval Diving Unit, will drop 1,800m from a Super Puma helicopter before parachuting into the waters around the Marina Bay floating platform.

Film celebrating Singaporeans who overcame adversity


Madam Mary Klass, 83, will face the crowds in the form of a short film during this year's National Day Parade at The Float @ Marina Bay. ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

A 10-minute film telling the stories of five Singaporeans who overcame hardship will be shown. Among those featured is Madam Mary Klass, 83, who represented Singapore in athletics at the 1956 Olympics. Her father was opposed to her joining the sport.

Singapore mascots on show


These Singapore mascots will appear in the pre-parade segment, and join other performers to take the National Pledge at the end of the parade on Aug 9. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

Singa the Courtesy Lion and Sharity the Elephant will be on the stage to spread their messages of care, compassion and kindness.

Joining them are Teamy the Bee, who called for a more efficient workforce, Water Wally, who urged Singaporeans to save water, and Captain Green, the frog encouraging Singaporeans to adopt a clean and green lifestyle.

Performance by local a cappella band MICappella

In 2017, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shared home-grown MICappella's medley of National Day songs on social media, describing their work as "ambitious".

The sextet will now be performing at an NDP for the first time. They will be singing a medley of 26 National Day songs, three more than their 2017 version.

Red Lions donning wing suits

This year, the Singapore Army's Red Lions will not just be free falling, they will be "flying" too.

For the first time in parade history, the 10-member team will be donning bright-red wing suits and will be making the display jump from a record height of 3,800m, the highest ever for an NDP.