Looking back at National Day Parades on the Floating Platform at Marina Bay

Pyrotechinics at NDP 2007. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM
Pyrotechinics at NDP 2007. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM

This article was first published on May 14, 2014, and updated on May 17, 2017.

The first National Day Parade at the floating platform was held in 2007.

The floating platform, which can seat about 27,000, was intended as a stop-gap measure since the National Stadium, the venue for the National Day Parade, was torn down in 2007.

The chance to see the first NDP on water drew nearly 470,000 applications for just 54,000 tickets. It was the second highest number of applications since 2003 and inspired touts to hawk tickets online for as much as $250 each.

Ten years on, the 2017 National Day Parade will return to the floating platform after a two-year hiatus.

We look back at the NDPs held on the water since that first one in 2007. 

2014


Dancing fountains shooting water up to 10m in the air as fireworks lighting up the night sky. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO


MPs take a selfie with late founding prime minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM


The Singapore Armed Forces’ Red Lions making their descent with the moon in the background. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

2013


Republic of Singapore Air Force’s F-15SG fighter jets ready for the aerial display at the preview. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN


Spectators brandishing battery-operated light sticks. PHOTO: SPH


BMX bikers in a segment called Reinvent featuring parkour performers, skateboarders and in-line skaters. ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN

2012


Fireworks lit up the night sky during the finale of the National Day Parade. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN


Students depicting water droplets perform in an item titled Reflections of our Love. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN


A thrilling motorbike manoeuvre performed by officers from the security forces. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

2011


A stunning view of the Marina Bay Sands and the NDP finale fireworks from the shores of the Esplanade.  ST PHOTO: SAM CHIN


Performers in ethnic costumes perform at the 2011 National Day Parade. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

2009


Five ceremonial guns fire at 60-second intervals as the President inspects the marching contingent. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN


 Divers jump off a Chinook and are later picked up by the Navy’s rigid-hull inflatable boats. PHOTO: SPH

2008


 A National Day Parade performer strikes a pose for the camera.  PHOTO: ST FILE


Lighted giant "birds" making their way along Marina Bay. PHOTO: ST FILE


The Singapore flag passing by the Esplanade on its way to the National Day Parade. PHOTO: BT FILE

2007


This Singapore flag, measuring 120m by 80m,  is made up of thousands of people holding umbrellas. PHOTO: ST FILE


Illuminated zig-zag trails left behind by radio-controlled lighted kites whizzing about in the wind. PHOTO: ST FILE