Spectators at this year's National Day Parade can expect Singapore's biggest and boldest fireworks display to date, as the nation goes all out to celebrate its golden jubilee.
There will be more than twice the amount of pyrotechnics set off last year, according to the chairman of the fireworks committee, Military Expert 6 (ME6) Manimaran Ganesan. "This year is special as we are celebrating our Golden Jubilee, therefore the fireworks committee has planned well ahead to have the largest ever fireworks display," said ME6 Manimaran, who is head of operations of the Singapore Armed Forces Ammunition Command.
The display will also feature new segments such as a rainbow arc, in which fireworks will be set off along a 300m platform to explode in a colourful fan shape above Marina Bay.
The five-minute grand finale will begin with the characters "SG50" forming in the sky after the national anthem is sung.
This will be followed by a golden jubilee shell display, specially designed for this year's celebrations.
The finale will end with fireworks shot continually for 20 seconds.
ME6 Manimaran advises those who want to catch the best view to head to the Marina Bay area, in spots like Marina Barrage, Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands.
This year's parade will also feature 23 ring towers at the Padang. Pyrotechnics will be fired from these towers during each of the six chapters and key parts of the show.
Fireworks will also be set off from the rooftops of seven buildings: The Adelphi, Maybank, Pan Pacific Singapore, Republic Plaza, Suntec Tower 1, Swissotel and UOB Plaza 1 .
This article was first published on July 28, 2015.
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