Singapore's MPs turned up in different shades of red and white yesterday, waving miniature Singapore flags as they made their way down the stands of the National Stadium.
The Members of Parliament were greeted with loud cheers as they joined the nation's 51st birthday bash.
From Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob to Tampines GRC MP Baey Yam Keng, the MPs posted "wefies" and photos of the occasion on Facebook.
Mr Baey called the show a "beautiful, colourful and classy presentation".
The atmosphere inside the 55,000-seat stadium was electric. Outside the stadium, families, couples and friends turned up early with cameras and picnic mats, in hopes of nabbing the best seats to catch the fireworks, which are a crowd favourite every year.
Madam Masayu, 48, had camped out by the Kallang River with her husband Mr Samsi, 49, and their granddaughter, three, since 4.30pm, in a bid to snag the best seats. She said: "We wanted to catch the fireworks and we heard that the view is better from outside the stadium."
The marching contingents in this year’s parade and ceremony segment comprised 1, 424 participants from the Singapore Armed Forces, the Singapore Police Force, the Singapore Civil Defence Force, youth uniformed groups and other civilian organisations.
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Photographers also turned up in droves at the Tanjong Rhu area. Mr Billy Ng, 32, who works in the service sector, arrived at 3pm to get his gear ready.
He said: "I wanted to get a good shot of the fireworks this year, especially as NDP is back at the National Stadium after 10 years."