Happy SG53! You've planned a strategy to catch the fireworks (for free!), or maybe you're celebrating in your own unique way. Whatever it is, here's some trivia about Singapore to impress people at your National Day party.
20: No. of times the National Day Parade has been held at the Padang, the site of the inaugural parade in 1966 — the last one was held in 2015 for the SG50 Golden Jubilee celebrations (pictured). This makes it the most frequently used site for the NDP. Trailing in second spot with 19 parades under its belt is the National Stadium, where it was held last year. This year, the NDP moves back to The Float @ Marina Bay, making it the ninth time that it’s staged here.
3,378: Total no. of participants in the NDP18 festivities.
93: Age of the oldest performer at this year’s NDP. Violinist Julai Tan still plays a couple of gigs a year (including a two-day jazz festival last year) but this will be his first NDP performance, and he’ll be accompanied by homegrown jazz maestro Jeremy Monteiro on the organ.