SINGAPORE - Spectators at this year's National Day Parade will enjoy Singapore's most extravagant fireworks display to date, as the nation goes all out to celebrate its 50th birthday.
There will be more than double the amount set off, according to the chairman of the fireworks committee, Military Expert 6 (ME6) Manimaran Ganesan.
"This year is special as we are celebrating our Golden Jubilee, therefore the fireworks committee has planned well ahead to have the largest ever fireworks display," said ME6 Manimaran, who is head of operations of the Singapore Armed Forces Ammunition Command.
The pyrotechnics display will also feature new segments such as a rainbow arc, in which fireworks will be set off along a 300m platform to explode in a colourful fan-shape above Marina Bay.
Other new displays include fireworks exploding to form the word "SG50" and a dazzling golden jubilee shell.
The best place to catch the fireworks will be at the Marina Bay area, in spots including Marina barrage, Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands, as the bulk of the fireworks will be set off from there.
Fireworks will also dazzle from the rooftop of seven buildings: the Adelphi, Maybank, Pan Pacific Singapore, Republic Plaza, Suntec Tower 1, Swissotel and UOB Plaza 1.
"Whether spectators are at the Padang, floating platform, or even around Marina Bay, they will have a 360 degree view of the fireworks," said ME6 Manimaran.