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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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