National Day Parade (Preview) 2005
The padang, normally a completely empty patch of grass, had been transformed into a huge stadium. When filled to capacity with red shirt wearing Singaporeans, set against the backdrop of the cityscape, it was quite a sight.
THe displays included various songs, bands, school children marching and dancing in formation, miltary flyovers, drive bys, skydiving, even multimedia and lights. The overwhelming theme being a unified Singapore, the message was well presented and well received as far as I could tell. The sense of civic pride that shone through the proceedings was very strong.
The military part of the evening had a Edinborough Tattoo feel to it, and the 'mobile column' was somewhat Orwellian, a veritable catalogue of US military exports. The Apache gunship that took up a hovering posiion a not so discrete distance from the event after the Speaker of Parliment made his entrance was also a little overt for me.
The colouried lights, floats and dancers afterwards was much more fun, litterally thousands of schoolkids taking part in the fun.