Home truly, for NDP this year

Will the National Day Parade's Covid-induced return to its roots be the new way forward? Insight takes a march through parades of the past and how they offer a rallying point in difficult times

The fireworks display at the Padang during the Golden Jubilee National Day Parade in 2015. This year's festivities will be held in smaller segments at multiple locations, including a much smaller-scale parade at the Padang. ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
The fireworks display at the Padang during the Golden Jubilee National Day Parade in 2015. This year's festivities will be held in smaller segments at multiple locations, including a much smaller-scale parade at the Padang. ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

Many a National Day Parade (NDP) has been a blast from the past, but this year's particular nostalgia trip will be forced by circumstances.

The social distancing necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic means that this year's August festivities will be held in smaller segments at multiple locations, including a much smaller-scale parade at the Padang.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 14, 2020, with the headline 'Home truly, for NDP this year'. Subscribe